A joiner in South Yorkshire is seeking injury compensation after falling 20 ft down a manhole shaft while working on a construction site.
Luke Ward, 19, was working on the site of a B&Q store in Rotherham when he trod on a piece of plywood that was covering the manhole, the South Yorkshire Star reports.
He fell and his a series of metal steps before finally landing on a concrete platform below, suffering tendon damage to his ankle, a rib injury, neck strain and cuts.
Mr Ward has now launched an injury compensation claim against his employer Henry Boot, saying that the manhole had not been marked as a hazard and there was no way he could have known it was there.
"I was also diagnosed as having a soft tissue injury to my back which along with my ribs, causes pain when lifting heavy items," he told the paper.
The Health and Safety Executive recently launched a new campaign aimed at employers and designed to prevent slips, trips and falls in the workplace.