Personal injury news roundup: 7 days ended 30 Oct 2012:
Law firms specialising in accidents at work have been keeping themselves quite busy lately, as an increasing number of employees seem to be getting hurt.
First up in the news this week is how a Dartford-based scaffolding company ended up on the wrong side of the Health and Safety Executive after letting one of their employees fall through a fragile skylight, resulting in massive injuries for the employee and crippling fines for the company and one of its directors.
James Froud, a twenty two year old Gillingham native, had been employed by London and South Scaffolding Ltd as a scaffold labourer at the time of the incident, according to personal injury solicitor experts familiar to the case. Mr Froud had been working on a Ramsgate Port property, fixing handrails to its roof, when he fell through a skylight, landing almost seven metres below and causing enough injury to send him to hospital for ten days and require the use of crutches and a back brace for months afterward.
London South and Scaffolding was investigated by the HSE, where inspectors found evidence that the firm knew how fragile the skylights and roof were, yet did nothing to take precautions against workers falling and injuring themselves. As a result, a Canterbury Magistrates’ Court hearing saw the firm slapped with a £10.000 fine, while Gary Peck, the director of the firm, was issued a personal fine of £15,000.
However, it’s not all bad news this week, as personal injury lawyers have helped one former railway worker from Swindon claim compensation for a decades-old injury to his hearing. Mr Denis Mackie, a grandfather from Toothill, had suffered quite serious damage to his hearing over forty years ago as he worked for British Rail as a boilermaker, as he had not been given any type of ear protection despite the heavy riveting that went on about him every day for more than ten years in the 1960s and 1970s, yet it was only recently at a routine medical examination that he discovered that his hearing loss wasn’t age-related but caused by his exposure to loud noise.
Mr Mackie immediately enlisted the aid of talented injury solicitors who helped him launch a personal injury compensation claim for his hearing loss. British Rail agreed to award the former employee an undisclosed damages award, all thanks to the diligent work of his lawyers.