Joinery firm to pay compensation to man injured in work accident

A Peterborough man who was seriously injured in a workplace accident is reportedly set to recive more than £1 million in compensation from his employers.

34-year-old Christopher Holmes was working for A S Joinery, which was sub-contracting to R G Carter, at a college in the Cambridgeshire town of St Neots when the incident occurred. Due to adverse weather conditions, an 8ft piece of plyboard was blown almost 60ft at Mr Holmes, who was working on the roof at the time.

The father of three was left with serious spinal injuries after his accident, which occurred in November 2007. Doctors told Mr Holmes that he was partially paralysed because of his injuries, and that he wouldrequire full time care.

It has now been revealed that Mr Holmes joinery firm employers, which are legally obliged to have employers’ liability insurance in place, have agreed to pay their injured worker a substantial compensation settlement.

Head of workplace injury for the law firm involved in the case, David Urpeth, commented on the case:

“However, this is about more than the money, it is about how safety failings can have shocking consequences and ensuring that lessons are learned.”

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