A man whose right arm was severely damaged in an accident at work has received GBP 17,000 in injury compensation.
Stephen James was working for John Doyle Construction in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, when 20 steel bars fell onto him from a six foot high crane.
The 59-year-old suffered severe injuries to his right arm and leg and he had to have a metal plate fitted in his head.
At the end of last month, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced that the firm had been fined GBP 2,000 for health and safety breaches that allowed the accident to occur.
HSE inspector Monica Babb said that the site was overcrowded and should have been tidier.
Mr James’ wife has been forced to give up her job to become her husband’s full-time carer, the St Albans and Harpenden reports.
"My husband’s life has been ruined. I can’t believe they were fined just GBP 2,000 for something which has left my husband crippled on one side," she told the newspaper.
Posted by Trevor Baker