Work accident leaves man in a Coma

Plasterer Carl Major was left in a coma for two months after sustaining serious head injuries in a work accident.

Mr Major fell three metres onto a concrete floor and was struck on the head by the same lighting pelmet that had knocked him off his step ladder while doing refurbishment work at a store in Stockton. He was in a coma for two months and now suffers from epilepsy.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted his employers MacDonald Joinery & Construction Ltd and they were fined £15,000 and made to pay legal costs of £6228.75 after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. During the investigation it transpired that Mr Major had not been given the necessary information and instructions to carry out the refurbishment work safely.

Falls such as these are often common in the construction and maintenance sector, and often result in prolonged absence from work. Employees suffering a work accident like this are often able to bring a 'fall from height' compensation claim. If you work in Northern Ireland and would like to speak to someone about making a claim for compensation in respect of a work accident contact Wilson Nesbitt solicitors in Belfast by emailing [email protected] .

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