Scottish Construction Engineer to Claim Compensation for Work Injury

October 5th, 2016 | By licnewsadmin

An engineer from Scotland, who was gravely injured whilst working on a construction site in Arbroath, has begun the process of claiming for work injury compensation.

On the 24th September 2013, Connor Watson – then aged just seventeen years old – was working for DJ Laing Ltd on the Arbroath Flood Protection Scheme. Connor was assigned to a team that needed to replace a damaged pipe that was behind an old letterbox. The letterbox was built into a wall supporting a railway line connecting Arbroath to Forfar.

As Connor was removing the blocks such that the team could access the pipe, the entire structure collapsed. A concrete wall weighing 0.46 tonnes fell onto the young man’s legs, crushing them. After intense rehabilitation, Connor has thankfully regained use of his limbs, though is still limited in the activities he can undertake. For example, once a keen football player, he may never play the sport properly again. He has also been warned that he will probably develop arthritis in his limbs by his thirties.

The Health and Safety Executives conducted an investigation into the workplace accident, determining that DJ Laing Ltd did not carry out proper safety checks on the structure before assigning Connor to work on it. As this is a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, the company were fined £32,000 last year at Forfar Sheriff’s Court.

However, DJ Laing Ltd run a successful “return to work” scheme for employees that have been absent on extended leave. As such, Connor has resumed work at the company, though still harbours concerns that he will be excluded from future job markets.

Connor and his family sought the advice of a personal injuries solicitor and prepared a case for claiming compensation. Connor’ solicitor has stated to the press that he doesn’t expect the claim to be a question of “if” his client is compensated, solely by “how much” he is.

David J Laing, Managing Director of DJ Laing Group Ltd, commented that “I confirm that Connor is currently employed by DJ Laing (Contracts) Limited and was involved in a serious accident on one of our civil engineering sites in September 2013. Connor is currently undertaking a return to work rehabilitation programme and the matter of compensation is being dealt with by our insurance company.”

Categories: Work Accidents

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