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Lift worker in life-changing accident wins £3.4m compensation

An engineer was left paraplegic after falling through the side of a glass lift. He had been in a partially dismantled lift that was being used to transport parts.

An engineer was left paraplegic after falling through the side of a glass lift. He had been in a partially dismantled lift that was being used to transport parts. As he travelled downwards in the lift supporting a 2.2m high doorframe, which had an electric motor and door-opening mechanism attached, the doorframe became unsteady. The engineer was knocked off his balance and fell through the glass side of the lift to the floor two metres below, with the doorframe and motor landing on top of him.  

The engineer accused four companies, involved in the building work, of a series of safety breaches and proceeded with legal action against them. Despite all companies denying liability, after a three-day joint settlement meeting the victim accepts £3.4m in compensation.  

His solicitor stated that:  

“Our client suffered appalling, life-changing injuries because of a series of safety failures at the construction site where he was working. 
“The size of the compensation package reflects the extreme severity of our client’s injuries and how much care and rehabilitation he needs to help him rebuild his life after what happened.” 

It was recorded that the man suffered severe and permanent spinal injuries, including total loss of sensation in the lower abdomen, pelvis and legs, paralysis in the lower abdomen and legs, and impaired breathing.  

He had 16 broken ribs, internal bleeding and a cut to the head which needed 38 stitches, a fractured wrist and dislocated knee.  

Also, he was in a coma after the accident and has since suffered short-term memory loss with the risk of other cognitive and neurological problems.  

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