A former joiner who suffered serious personal injury when he was struck by an eight foot piece of ply-board, which had been blown across a building site by strong winds, has been awarded more than one million pounds in compensation.
The Cambridge News and Crier is reporting that thirty four year old Christopher Holmes, from Peterborough, was employed by A S Joinery and was working on the roof of Longsands College in St Neots, when the accident happened.
He told the newspaper that on the day of the accident the weather had been awful, with strong gusts of wind and rain, which meant that Mr. Holmes and his colleagues had been asked to remain on the roof until the newly laid insulation had been covered, to prevent it getting wet.
It was then that the wind sent the unsecured ply-wood board flying through the air and straight into the former joiner. Mr. Holmes was knocked unconscious by the force of the impact and was rushed to the nearby Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Mr. Holmes suffered a serious injury to his spine in the accident, which has left him partially paralysed with no feelings in his legs and fingers.
He has now been awarded more than £1 million in work injury compensation by his former employers, but as yet no decision has been reached on how the money will be paid.