A young engineer from Scotland has sought legal counsel and is due to claim for work injury compensation from his employer after he was gravely injured whilst working.
The devastating accident occurred on the 24th September 2013 at the old Forfar to Arbroath Railway line n Scotland. Connor Watson – aged just seventeen when the accident occurred – was working with a team of engineers at the Arbroath Flood Protection Scheme under DJ Laing Contractors Ltd. The team needed to access a damaged pipe that was behind an old letterbox.
Connor was assigned to remove the blocks, but as he removed the fifth the entire concrete wall gave way. The 0.46 tonne structure crushed his legs, and though he can now use his limbs – thanks to intense rehabilitation – he will likely never engage in many physical activities again. This has had a very negative impact upon his quality of life, as Connor was a passionate football player. Additionally, he has been warned by doctors that his legs will likely be arthritic by the time he reaches his thirties.
An investigation was carried out into the circumstances of the accident by the Health and Safety Executive. The team discovered that Connor’s employers, DJ Laing Ltd, did not conduct an adequate health and safety risk assessment of the structure and, as such, could not advise Connor proceed with caution. This was a violation of the Health and Safety at Work Act, and last year the company were fined £32,000 at the Forfar Sheriff’s Court for their negligence.
The contracting company have a successful “return to work” scheme for employees that have been absent on extended leave, and Connor has been working since May 2014 at the firm. However, the young man is very concerned as he believes that his arthritis will exclude him from future job markets.
Connor and his family have sought legal counsel from a personal injuries solicitor and have made their intentions to seek compensation known. Connor’ solicitor has confidently told 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.”Read More