Sash window falls on cleaners back
Mr B was employed as a cleaner and maintenance man. One of his tasks involved clearing a roof space of litter. The only way out onto the roof was to hoist himself through an old sash window, which had to be propped open with a mop handle. He had complained about this aspect of the job but had been told to "get on with it". However, one day, as he was struggling through the window, the mop handle was dislodged, and the sash came down on his back. Court proceedings were issued against his employers for unsafe working practices. The consultant spinal surgeon we instructed for the case reported that the accident had damaged our client's spine, but that this had exacerbated a pre-existing problem which Mr B would eventually have suffered from even had he not had his accident. The case settled (with an admission of liability) for £23,000.