A man who was severely injured in an incident at work has won his construction site accident claim.
Stephen James was working on a building site at Wilton Plaza in London when the incident occurred. The 59 year old had loaded 20 steel bars onto a crane to be lifted. As the crane lifted them however, the load of bars hit a bar sticking out from a wall and were knocked off. The bars struck Mr James as they fell from a height of over 6 ft.
Stephen was partially paralysed down the right hand side after suffering serious injuries to his right arm and leg. The injuries were so severe that at one point doctors were close to having to amputate his arm. He also had to have a metal plate inserted in his head. The worker from West Sussex has expressed his frustration at losing the use of his right arm, not being able to work again, and having to rely on his wife for care.
After investigating the incident, the Health and Safety initiative found the crane was not being operated in a safe manner. This was because there was no specified safe lifting zone and the site was too congested with construction materials. The firm Mr James was working for – John Doyle Construction Ltd. – were fined £2,000 for the incident and ordered to pay Mr James £17,000 in compensation.