Mr X was working on the re-roofing part of a plant. He was working from an internal scaffold fastening bolts onto a roof purlin. As Mr X worked his way along the purlin he stepped onto a new area of scaffold. He felt his feet sliding quickly from under him and he grabbed onto the purlin to stop himself from falling to the floor. As he did so he felt pain in his back and had to be helped from the scaffold. Mr X had stepped onto a piece of plyboard which was loose on the scaffold and slid in a downward direction.
As a result of the accident, Mr X sustained a back injury lasting 2 1/2 years and also suffered psychological problems.
The claim was settled by Lisa Fairclough of Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Accidents at Work Team. Lisa said, “This injury was caused by poor housekeeping. Mr X slipped on a piece of plywood that should not have been present on the scaffold. It is important that companies ensure their premises and traffic routes are kept free of obstruction.”
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