Victor Frankland, a self-employed sub-contractor, dislocated his shoulder when he fell from a set of stairs on a building site whilst working for Barratt homes. Mr Frankland, who works as a taper, joiner and dryliner, had been sub-contracted by Barratt homes to work on 24 houses in a new estate. He had been working on the houses for over a period of 2 years, and it was when he was working on his last house that the accident happened.
Mr Frankland was stood on the fifth stair of the house staircase, while he was explaining to a site agent what work needed to be carried out. Whilst talking, Mr Frankland naturally leaned back to make room for a member of staff descending the stairs. It was then that he tripped backwards over the stairs side stringer and fell 1 metre down onto the concrete floor below. Mr Frankland landed on the right-hand side of his head, right shoulder, and right knee. Due to the accident, Mr Frankland suffered from a dislocated shoulder, soft tissue injuries and scarring to his face. As a result of his injuries, he had to take time off work and received a number of physiotherapy treatments.
If Barratt homes had placed a temporary handrail on the staircase, Mr Frankland’s accident could have been prevented. It is Barratt’s responsibility to ensure that all of their employees and contractors have a safe working environment, free from obstructions, defects or substances that could cause somebody to become injured.
Thanks to the work carried out by Raana Afsarpour at Express Solicitors, Mr Frankland has been awarded £29,800 in compensation for the pain and suffering sustained from his injury.
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