Personal injury compensation claims

Builder suffered personal injury after roof fall

A builder could be in line for substantial personal injury compensation after falling through a roof light, breaking his neck and arm.

Kline Wilkins, 45, of Coalville, was helping self-employed builder James Beeston to carry out minor building works and repairs at a factory in Station Road, Bagworth.

Leicester Magistrates Court was told Mr Wilkins, 45, was helping Mr Beeston to replace some lights with solid strips of roof sheeting using a jig.

Mr Wilkins was kneeling on a board over one of the Perspex roof lights trying to get the jig to work.

Mr Beeston came round to show him what to do but as Mr Wilkins moved out of the way, he fell through a fragile roof light behind him to the concrete floor three metres below.

Mr Wilkins was airlifted to hospital with a fractured neck and right arm. He also suffered soft tissue damage to his kidneys and hip. He has still not returned to work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, found Mr Beeston had failed to provide any suitable safety measures to prevent a fall through the fragile roof material.

James Beeston, of Limby Hall Lane, Swannington, Coalville, pleaded guilty to breaching safety rules and was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £397.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Tony Mitchell said: “Mr Wilkins is lucky to be alive as work at height on fragile roofs is a significant cause of fatal incidents. The risks are widely known in the construction industry, as are the measures needed to reduce those risks.

“Companies or individuals, such as Mr Beeston, who don’t provide a safe system of work or fail to comply with the required standard can expect to be brought before the courts.”

If you have been injured at work in a non-fault accident, call PM Law solicitors in Sheffield on 0114 2965444.

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