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.

Categories: Construction Accidents, Construction Scaffolding Injuries


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