Over £1m for lift engineer hit by scaffold pole

Aaron Morby 6 years ago
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A Bristol lift engineer has received more than £1m compensation after suffering severe brain damage when a scaffold pole fell 14 storeys down a lift shaft.

Richard Chodkiewicz, 53, was working on a lift installation for the new Radisson Blu hotel in Bristol, when the half-metre length of scaffold pole struck him in July 2008.

Chodkiewicz and a colleague had been working at the bottom of the lift shaft.

Another man 18 stories up was lifting the 3.7kg section of pole on a piano wire as an improvised plumb line to help align the lifts.

But the tube slipped the tie, struck Chodkiewicz, and left the father of two needing round-the-clock care.

Main contractor Miller Construction (UK) and specialist Hoistway received fines totalling £110,000 for health and safety breaches in a hearing at Bristol Crown Court last June.

And yesterday an undisclosed seven-figure sum was approved by a High Court judge in the city to cover the 54-year-old’s loss of earnings and the 24-hour care he now requires.

Deborah Bigwood, a serious injury specialist at law firm Irwin Mitchell’s, said: “Although no amount of money will ever turn back the clock, today’s settlement will provide Richard with a vital care package as well as much-needed financial security for his family.”

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