Unsuitable work tools leads to surgery06 March 2009
Fall at work injured neck
Richard Nichols, 38, from Peterlee in County Durham had the operation to remove two vertebrae from his neck after the rubber coating on a pair of pincers he was using slid off causing him to fall.
Mr Nichols was on top of a crane when the accident happened and as he fell back onto the platform he cracked the back of his head against a metal barrier crushing the bones in his neck.
Mr Nichols has two young children and has been off work for 18 months. The accident happened as he was fitting a new conveyor belt at a quarry operated by Tarmac in Wensley, Catterick for his employers Ace Conveyor Equipment Ltd, based in Hartlepool.
It is understood Mr Taylor had pre-existing problems with his neck and the accident brought forward the need for surgery by seven years.
Shoulder also damaged in accident
The two hour operation involved removing a piece of bone from his hip and placing it in his neck. During the accident Mr Nichols also damaged his right shoulder and now suffers from a crushed nerve.
Mr Nichols, who still works for the company but is on long term sick leave said he decided to contact Thompsons Solicitors to pursue a claim for accident compensation as he wanted to warn people about the dangers of working with unsafe equipment.
He said: “It is hard to believe how much my life has changed. It sounds like a simple accident but the consequence is I can no longer do the things I used to do and I have been off work for 18 months.
“I contacted Thompsons Solicitors as I wanted to highlight the dangers involved with working with unsafe tools.”
Clair Wilson from Thompsons Solicitors, added: “Mr Taylor was provided with unsuitable equipment to undertake his job and as a result is now suffering from the consequences. Employers have a duty of care to ensure they provide staff with safe and suitable equipment and to provide their employees with full training in the tools they use.”
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