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Construction Worker Left Blind After Falling From Height

A 55 year old man suffered serious head injuries which left him blinded in one eye after he fell from scaffolding at a construction site.

On the 3rd of March, 2010, Mr. Ingram of Lode who was using a tower scaffold while working on a project fell to the ground.  He suffered cuts, bruises, facial fractures and was in a coma for a number of days after the accident.

The victim was unable to work for about eight months.  He has since managed to resume work on a part time basis.

The company which employed Mr. Ingram was fined £14,000 following the accident at work.  Balsham (Buildings) Ltd of Cambridge appeared before the Magistrate’s court at Watford and admitted to the two charges in relation to breach of health and safety legislation.  The company was asked to pay an additional £8832.30 in costs.

According to the Health and Safety Executive inspectors, proper planning in terms of health and safety had been done regarding the internal works on the project.  However, the same had not been done for external works.

John Berezanky, an HSE inspector said that such accidents are avoidable and falling from heights is one of the common dangers on a building site.

Between 2008 and 2009, about 4000 construction workers in the UK have suffered personal injuries as a result of falling from heights.

HSE inspectors also mentioned that negligence on the part of employers in dangerous industries such as construction industries is not acceptable.  Majority of the accidents in which construction workers suffer injuries can be avoided by taking precautions.