Steeplejack awarded damages after falling through hidden hole

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Steeplejack awarded damages after falling through hidden hole

21st April 2010

A steeplejack who sustained a catalogue of injuries when he fell through a hole in the floor of a building site has received more than £140,000 in an out of court settlement.

Fentons Solicitors partner Joanna Bailey represented the man, who was working at a building site in 2006 when the incident occurred.

"My client was installing lightning-protection equipment on the building at the time of the fall," said Joanna. "Whilst working on the outside of the building, he walked across a flat roof which appeared to be solid. In actual fact, a piece of insulation had been cut to fit the whole area of the flat roof, and this was masking a large hole."

As the steeplejack walked across the roof, he fell through the hidden hole and landed heavily on the concrete floor several feet below.

"My client sustained a number of injuries including soft tissue damage to the cervical spine, soft tissue injuries to his left shoulder and a number of fractured ribs," said Joanna. "He also suffered a fractured left thoracic and lumbar vertebra, as well as soft tissue injury and bruising of his hip.

"He was in a lot of pain both initially and throughout his period of recovery," said Joanna. "A family man with financial commitments, his inability to work following the fall and the resultant affect on his state of mind, was all taken into account during the settlement negotiations."

Joanna successfully negotiated a settlement of £140,252.26 on behalf of her client.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of accidents in the workplace.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.