Man suffers severe head injury after falling off a ladder at work

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A self-employed man working as a painter for a decorating contractors firm was left brain damaged after a fall from a ladder at work.

The man was working on a refurbishment project in student accommodation when he fell from a ladder and sustained serious head injuries.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inquiry found that the work hadn't been properly planned or supervised and the equipment supplied was inappropriate. In fact, Mr Dawson was working on a domestic step ladder which should not have been allowed on the site.

The HSE concluded that a tower scaffold should have been provided to prevent his fall in the workplace.

The HSE inspector said: "Falls from height remain the single most common cause of fatality and serious injury in the construction industry….This case should send a clear message to company directors about their responsibilities for health and safety."

The man remains in ill health and cannot even recall his accident at work due to the head injures he sustained in his fall from the ladder.

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