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Injured worker to receive £10,000 in compensation

Posted in: Workplace Injuries 

A groundworker from Grimsby is to receive £10,000 in compensation after suffering severe leg injuries while working at a school in 2013.  49-year-old Jamie North had been working on the construction of a new school, which required the installation of pre-cast concrete driven foundation piles.  When trying to drive these into the ground, the machinery was not strong enough, causing one of the piles to twist and fall onto Mr North.

Mr North required two major operations following the incident, including a steel frame and screws fixed onto his leg.  Following a 21-day stay in hospital, he developed a blood clot which required further treatment. Mr North was unable to return to work for a year, but has now decided that he is no longer fit to work in construction.  He continues to receive treatment for his ankle.

“could have been prevented”

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the machinery being used on site was not powerful enough for the job being carried out.  As a result, Topcon Construction Ltd of Louth Road, Grimsby, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay an additional £1,980 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching two regulations: the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. Mr North is due to receive £10,000 as compensation for his workplace injuries.

HSE inspector Martin Waring said: “Mr North suffered very serious leg injuries in an incident that could have been prevented, had the work been better planned and managed.

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