A Shropshire man is to make a claim for accident at work compensation, after suffering serious personal injury in a fall from height accident.
Fifty two year old William Phillips, of Weston Rhyn, was employed by RG Stones (Buildings) Ltd and was working on the roof of the Lakelands School in Ellesmere, when he fell a distance of almost three metres through the roofs timber joists, landing on a concrete floor below.
Mr. Phillips suffered serious personal injury in the fall including fractures to his back, breastbone, ribs and right wrist; his injuries were so severe that he has not as yet been able to return to work.
An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the company had failed to install adequate edge protection to help prevent a fall.
RG Stones (Buildings) Ltd, of Wrexham, in Clwyd, was fined £6,500 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court.
The Shropshire Star newspaper, is reporting that the injured employee is now pursuing a fall from height accident claim against the company.
A spokesperson for RG Stones commented that Health and Safety was a primary consideration at the company and that the accident was the first of its type in twenty two years of being in business.