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Scaffolder Wins £150,000 for Ladder Fall

A scaffolder has secured compensation of £150,000 after a fall from a ladder left him with permanent injuries.

The man, who is in his 40s, was descending scaffolding at a block of flats which was being refurbished when the accident happened. He placed his foot on the top rung of a ladder which had not been secured properly. The ladder slipped and he fell to the ground more than two metres below.

He immediately experienced severe pain and was driven to hospital by one of his colleagues. X-rays showed he had broken his right elbow and left wrist.

He spent three days in hospital and underwent an operation to attach a metal frame with pins to his broken wrist. Three weeks later, however, the wounds around his wrist became inflected and the metal pins had to be replaced. He also needed a course of antibiotics.

The metal frame was eventually removed and he received physiotherapy for several months, but still suffers from pain and stiffness in his arm and wrist. The pain in his wrist is expected to get worse over time, and he is unlikely ever to be able to do any job which requires heavy lifting.

After he sought advice on making a compensation claim, he secured damages of £150,000 in an out-of-court settlement.

The Health and Safety Executive provides guidance on working at height on its website, as well as information specific to the construction industry.

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