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Man Suffers Work Paralysis due to Serious Accident

A construction firm from Llanelli, South Wales, has been fined £3,000 for breaching a manual handling regulation, leading to one of its employees suffering a work paralysis after a serious work accident.

The man, who wishes to remain unnamed, was installing a beam and block floor at Hillside Care Home in Swansea on 10 March 2010. He was working on behalf of W A Bowler Ltd when the work accident took place.

He was at the end of a 174 kg beam, with a co-worker the other end. Straps were being used to manually hoist the beam into position when the colleague slipped, accidentally letting go of his end of the beam, leaving it to fall onto the concrete below.

A see-saw effect led to the beam hitting the worker in the groin, sending him flying into the air. He not only suffered a work paralysis to the nerve endings in his left leg, but also a fractured pelvis.

HSE Investigation into Work Paralysis

The Health and Safety Executive discovered that W A Bowler Ltd had been contracted to complete the project on behalf of another firm and did not provide the correct equipment that was suitable for that specific job.

This neglect directly led to their employees being put in a dangerous situation that did lead to a work injury and a serious injury for one of the workmen.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Hayley Healey said:

“The company neglected its legal duty to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their employees.

“Injuries as a result of manual handling are widespread and in this case it was entirely foreseeable that serious injury could occur. The degree of risk here was particularly high in terms of the weight involved.

“The employer failed to provide equipment which would allow the job to be done safely and, as a result, a worker suffered significant injuries in what was a completely preventable incident.”

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Injuries in the workplace are often complex affairs, shrouded in hyperbole and tension as those who are injured worry about whether they are in danger of losing their job as a result of making a compensation claim.

Our team of work injury specialists at Duncan Gibbins have a track record of successfully claiming for our clients, no matter the type of injury suffered or the area of the country, from work injury in Llanelli, Swansea or in Liverpool or Manchester. We understand your worries and are here to ease your mind with a no obligation chat with all the advice and guidance you need to make an informed decision about making a claim for personal injury compensation.

The work paralysis suffered by the workman in this instance was horrific and completely avoidable. Should you have any questions for one of our work injury experts please contact us today on 0800 0193 515 or click here to request a telephone appointment at a time that is good for you.

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