A North West personal injury lawyer has got justice for the family of Daniel Askew, a Welsh scaffolder who fell to his death.
Nicola Barrett an associate at Express Solicitors in Northenden acted for Angela Askew when her son Daniel fell to his death from scaffolding.
Daniel fell after he leaned on an unsecured handrail on the mezzanine area of a cold store under construction at the Belle Eau Industrial Park, Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire in November 2003.
His mother Angela Askew instructed Express Solicitors to pursue a civil claim against the main contract FJ Chalcroft, Daniel`s employer Eurolec and another contractor onsite Caunton Engineering.
Daniel from Capel Iwan, Pembrokeshire, was working for FJ Chalcroft Construction a Norfolk based firm when he was killed.
“As Daniel was over the age of 18 when he died, Angela was not entitled to claim a bereavement award of £10,000 and because she was not financially dependent on Daniel she was unable to claim for dependency,” explains Nicola.
“Liability was disputed by all three defendants, Court proceedings were issued and a settlement of £5,000 was received from FJ Charlcroft. Magistrates at Nottingham Crown Court also fined Norfolk construction company FJ Chalcroft £260,000 and ordered it to pay £80,000 in costs. FJ Chalcroft pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.”
Nicola concludes, “Building and construction sites can be very dangerous places and with many employers failing to carry out simple preventative health and safety measures, they are a common place for accidents. This was a tragic accident, which resulted in the death of a young man with his life ahead of him but it could have been avoided.”
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