Subject: 34 Year old man left paralysed in work fall
A company has been fined following a work place accident for safety failings after a worker was left paralysed from the neck down after he fell around three metres from the top of a gritter.
The 34 year old worker was standing on top of a gritter at his work premises in a bid to help his colleagues dislodge compacted grit salt from inside the machine when the incident happened. He suffered irreversible damage to his spine as a result of the fall. He is now paralysed from the neck down, and requires help and assistance with his day to day care.
As he moved towards the rear of the vehicle to get a pole to help him dislodge the salt, his foot slipped and he fell head first onto the ground. His fellow workers raised the alarm and he was rushed to hospital but was found to have sustained several fractures of his spine, leaving him paralysed.