An employee in the demolition sector has launched a work injury compensation claim against his employers after an on-site accident left him with severe injuries.
Christopher Kaye from Barnsley suffered brain damage and a fractured jaw when part of an excavator hit him in the face while he was working in Sheffield, the Star reports.
His wife Susan has initiated a £500,000 compensation claim against his employer Euro Dismantling Services, whom Mr Kaye’s legal team allege asked him to remove a grapple attachment from the excavator when it was unsafe to do so.
It is also claimed that Euro Dismantling Services failed to carry out a risk assessment and had not provided the employee with adequate training to fulfil the task.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently issued 22 enforcement notices against 18 construction sites in South Yorkshire following a series of inspection visits.
HSE principal inspector David Redman says: "The results of our inspections underline all too clearly the poor working practices and continuing disregard for safety which still exist in this industry."