Rossendale tree surgeon wins “fall from height” claim
He was training to be a tree surgeon when he was badly injured while working at a height of several metres at a garden in Loveclough.
Despite the fact that Mr Johnson had not yet undergone any formal training, his employer instructed him to trim the top of a 14 foot hedge.
Mr Johnson was told to stand on the top of the hedge because there were no ladders large enough to reach and the company did not have a scaffold tower or cherry picker able to reach that height.
Our client was using petrol hedge trimmers when he fell through the hedge but escaped without injury.
Unbelievably, Mr Johnson’s employer then told him to get back up and finish the job.
On his second attempt Mr Johnson fell again, but on this occasion he was not so lucky.
The hedge trimmer he had been using cut into his hand as he fell, causing deep lacerations.
The employers were clearly in breach of their duties under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR)
Insurers for Mr Johnson’s employers initially denied any wrongdoing so Mulderrigs issued court proceedings.
However, as the claim was getting close to trial a settlement was agreed and Mr Johnson received £6500 in compensation.