Accident at Work: Labourer Hurt by Falling Pipe during Demolition


A 56 year-old Derby labourer who was hurt by a falling 100kg steel pipe while he worked has been awarded compensation.

Safety Equipment

Brackets Collapsed Suddenly

At around 8.30 in the morning, the labourer was working at Derby University's Sports Hall in Buxton. As he and a colleague cut brackets from the side of the building, the brackets collapsed prematurely and he was struck by the unsupported pipe.

The labourer was knocked over as the pipe collapsed on him, hitting his shoulder.

Lifestyle was Affected

A subsequent medical examination determined his left shoulder had been dislocated. He also suffered muscular damage which impacted on his fitness for some time after the accident.

"We wrote to the labourer's employer, a demolition firm," Simpson Millar LLP's Lisa Sheldon explained. "We alleged that the company was responsible for the injury in that it had failed to provide a safe place of work, allowed an object to remain on the floor when it was an obstruction and failed to provide safe and competent fellow employees."

Employer to Blame

In all there were 10 counts against the firm contrary to a number of Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, which had exposed their employee to a foreseeable risk of injury.

For the injury, hurt and inconvenience he had suffered due to the accident at work, the labourer was awarded compensation of £4,500.

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