Worker Left with Brain Damage After Accident

A fall from a house resulted in extensive brain damage for one worker who was hired by J Wilson Home Improvements in 2011. The accident happened as Mark Lambton was working on a roof in Darlington.  The job involved replacing roof tiles and other typical work that is often carried out by roofers all over the country. Mr Lambton was clearing away some of the debris off the roof while he fell approximately six meters to the path below the property as he tried to move some ladders.

Severe and Permanent Brain Damage

Mr Lambton was taken to hospital, put into an induced coma for more than two months and is now in a vegetative state with little hope of making any improvement according to his doctors. The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and prosecuted J Wilson Home Improvements owner, James Wilson. He was fined £12,000 and also charged £3,000 in court costs after he breached the Work at Height Regulations. This is because there had been no precautions in place to prevent any of the workers from falling while they worked on the roof.

The Regulation that was breached by Mr Wilson states that all employers have to ensure that work that is being carried out at height must be done in a manner which is safe. Falls from height are risks that are very well known within the construction industry including roofing work. It is completely unacceptable to allow any workers to perform work at height without safety measures in place. Edge protection should have been erected and had it been installed Mr Lambton would not have been involved in the tragic accident.

Mr Lambton and his family will never return to the way things were before the accident. If you have employees carrying out work at height it is vital that you learn from this incident and ensure that your workers do not suffer because you have failed to put safety measures in place.

Reduce the Risks

There were twenty deaths caused by falls at height during 2010-2011. In that time there was a further 3,957 major injuries caused and more than 5,000 injuries that required the injured party to have more than three days off work to recover. If you are not aware of the Work at Height Regulations or would like to learn skills that will help avoid these accidents and help you to work within the law contact our health and safety consultants.

We provide training and many more health and safety services that will benefit you and your employees. If you or your employees are unaware of the Regulations or need to have training on how to spot and reduce risks and hazards there are many training options available to you. If you are unsure as to what course is suitable, or have any enquiries about any of our other health and safety services don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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