Archive for June, 2012

Scaffolding Pole Injury Man hit by Compensation Approved

June 20th, 2012 | By News

A man, who sustained a serious brain injury when a scaffolding pole fell 14 storeys and hit him on the head, has had a seven-figure settlement of scaffolding pole injury compensation approved at Bristol High Court.

Richard Chodkiewicz (54) from Lawrence Weston, Bristol, was a lift engineer and part of the construction team working on the conversion of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Broad Quay, Bristol, when the incident happened in July 2008.

While Richard was working on the elevator shaft on the ground floor of the building, a 50cm scaffolding pole weighing 3.7 Kg, which was being used as an improvised plumb line, fell from the wire to which it had been attached and fell 14 storeys.

Despite donning a hard hat, the force of the falling scaffolding pole on Richard´s head left him fighting for his life at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, where he underwent emergency surgery and then spent more than six weeks in intensive care.

Richard leave hospital for almost eighteen months after the accident, such were his injuries and his need for intense rehabilitation. The father-of-five now has restricted movement, speech difficulties and needs twenty-four hour care due to his short-term memory problems.

Bristol Crown Court was told that Richard´s employer – Hoistway Ltd – and Miller Construction (UK), the company liable for building the city centre hotel, had both been found in breach of health and safety regulations following a Health and Safety Executive examination into the accident and the case was before the court for final approval of negotiated damages only .

After hearing some details of the undisclosed scaffolding pole injury compensation settlement, which will provide adequate funds to compensate Richard for his loss of earnings and cover the costs of the lifetime of care he will now require, the court approved the settlement.

Crush Injury at Work Compensation for Rig Worker

June 12th, 2012 | By News

A rig worker who sustained permanent debilitating injuries when he was crushed between a drill pipe and the derrick leg of the gas rig he was working on, has been awarded 4.1 million dollars in compensation for crush injury at work by a federal jury in Colorado.

Von Phathong (42) was working with by Houston-based Tesco Corp (US) as a “roughneck” (labourer) on a drilling rig at Rifle, Colorado, when the accident happened in December 2005. As he was helping with the change of heavyweight drilling pipe, the unsecured lower drill pipe swung into Von and crushed him up against the rig´s derrick leg.

Von suffered many spinal breakages and herniated cervical discs and will never be able to work again because of the pain he experiences whenever he moves. After being sent home from hospital, Von sought legal advice about claiming compensation for a crush injury at work and, as Tesco Corp (US) denied their liability for Von´s injuries, the case was heard before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

In court, Von´s solicitors showed proof that the “crossover sub” which was being used to connect the two drilling pipes had the wrong thread and the supervisor on the rig had tried to use a powerful top-drive to force the thread of the crossover sub and the drill pipe together. It was also revealed that the drill pipe which caused Von´s injuries should have been secured before the operation was begun.

Further evidence at trial showed that Tesco Corp´s health and safety was the worst ever seen by a drilling expert brought in to back up Von´s claim for crush injury at work compensation and that the site worked on a culture of “intimidation and fear”. The jury at the United States District Court for the District of Colorado found Tesco Corp (US) 90 percent liable for Von´s injuries and awarded him 4.1 million dollars in accident compensation for a crush injury at work


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