Accident claim judge climbs Esso refinery ladder to view scene of worker’s fall

A judge presiding over an accident compensation case got up close and personal with the scene of an oil refinery worker’s fall before agreeing a settlement.

High Court Judge McKenna climbed up a 60-foot ladder at the Totton-based Esso Petroleum refinery to examine the site where scaffolding supervisor Michael Ashford fell 25ft into a duct, reports the Southern Daily Echo.

Speaking after agreeing a six-figure accident compensation figure for the 49-year-old, the judge told the newspaper: "I think it’s a sensible result.

"I’m happy to make an order in those terms. The site visit was very useful – it was quite a climb."

The settlement comes after the Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the director of Worcester-based Steven Walker and Sons, Adam Stephen Walker, following an employee’s fall through the roof at a site in Cradley Heath.

Mr Walker was ordered to pay a GBP 10,000 fine and GBP 5,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974.

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Accident claim judge climbs Esso refinery ladder to view scene of worker’s fall

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