£900,000 payout after worker falls removing safety nets

Grant Prior 1 year ago
Share

A construction worker has been awarded a £900,000 settlement after being seriously injured when he fell eight metres from the third floor of a site in Canary Wharf.

Kyle Hunt working on another job before his accident
Kyle Hunt working on another job before his accident

Rope technician Kyle Hunt, 37, of Orpington, suffered a fractured spine as well as broken ankles and wrists when he fell while removing safety netting as clamps he was attached to, known as beam gliders, slid off a gap in the steel beam he was unaware of.

He said: “I was asked to remove safety nets, so I was wearing full equipment and used three beam gliders to move along the steel. Many rope access technicians would only use two, but I wanted a third for added security.

“I had travelled across seven beams when two gliders came away from the steel. The third then followed and I was hanging by my hands. As I was carrying additional equipment, I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold on. All I could do was brace myself for the fall.”

Hunt was taken to the Royal London Hospital and informed that he had multiple serious injuries. All the fractures required surgery and he was left in a lot of pain due to nerve damage.

He was transferred to another hospital and then in August 2017 was transported 15 hours via road and ferry to hospital in Northern Ireland. He spent a further two weeks in hospital before being discharged to his parent’s house.

He recalls: “I was bedbound and reliant on my mum and dad for everything. I was still in incredible pain and couldn’t even feed myself. It was a very difficult time.

“As the months went by, I realised that I was facing a long recovery and would need support for months and years to come. This made me suffer with an incredibly low mood.”

Hunt moved back to London in July 2019 and during his recovery instructed specialist workplace injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate his case.

His employer, Over The Edge Rope Access and Safety Netting Ltd, which was responsible for his safety at work has now agreed to a £900,000 settlement.

Hunt said: “The past few years have undoubtedly been the most difficult of my life and I still struggle in many ways. I genuinely loved my work, but at this point it is hard to see how I could return to meaningful employment.

“There have been many tough times, but this settlement is very welcomed. Knowing that I will be able to continue to access vital support is a huge weight off my shoulders and I just want to continue getting better for myself and my family.

“I also hope that speaking about my experiences highlights the importance of workplace safety and ensures no one else faces what I have.”

Natasha Fairs, Associate Solicitor, added: “While nothing will ever change what has happened, we’re pleased to have secured Kyle his settlement which will ensure that he can access vital rehabilitation to help him move forward with his life.

“However, we would also urge employers in the construction industry to learn lessons from these types of cases. The safety of workers must always come first in any given situation.”

Latest news

Moving in to new markets paying off for McLaren

Contractor carving out new niche as leading player in heavy refurbs
12 hours ago

Plan to add retentions record to payment reporting law

Government consults on tougher reporting to include disputed invoices and retention policies
19 hours ago

Morgan Sindall wins £88m Beckton DLR depot upgrade

Delayed work to start on Docklands Light Railway train maintenance depot in East London
18 hours ago

Hare and Severfield win £250m Sellafield deal

Country's two biggest steelwork contractors secure 17-year framework
19 hours ago

Max Steward returns to head up ISG’s Agility fit-out arm

Former ISG project director returns after three years to take up MD role
19 hours ago

McLaren wins massive Portland House refurb

Construction to start this year on £380m revamp of 28-storey building in central London
2 days ago

Green light for £275m HS2 Midlands nerve centre

Trio of contractors battling it out to win huge new depot near Birmingham
1 day ago

Winners named for Government £10bn offsite framework

29 firms secure places on mega framework for schools, healthcare, defence and justice jobs
2 days ago

ISG, Amey and Costain now industry’s quickest payers – list

Average payment times from main contractors slip by a day
3 days ago

Staff at Outco Surfacing start looking for new jobs

Administration notice filed two years after acquisition of NMC Group
2 days ago

£4.75m building work provision tips Higgins into the red

Partnerships business counts cost of changes to building safety rules
2 days ago

John F Hunt snaps up London temporary works design firm

Demolition contractor buys geotechnical and structural engineering design specialist RKD Consultant
2 days ago

Vital Energi lands £13m package at Plumstead regen site

Specialist will start on site this summer helping to transform the former home of Arsenal FC
2 days ago

Galliford Try to start £14m Scunthorpe Market scheme

Firm will build NHS staff accommodation and offices in two phases
2 days ago

Vast £500m British Library expansion go-ahead

London Mayor still needs to give final nod to 800,000 sq ft extension at St Pancras site in London
3 days ago

Wates names new chief executive

Cork-born Eoghan O’Lionaird to join later this month
3 days ago

Keltbray director joins Barhale as North East chief

Mark Wood heads operations in Yorkshire and North East England
3 days ago

Major London City building green deep retrofit approved

St Bride’s Tavern near Fleet Street will be demolished for the building expansion
3 days ago

Gilbert Ash lands starring role in £38m Welsh theatre revamp

Contractor to start work this year on Theatr Clwyd upgrade
3 days ago

Property clients to ramp up spending on decarbonising

Survey reveals nearly half of property chiefs plan to speed up spending on net-zero programmes over next twelve months
3 days ago

Average self employed labour rates top £1,000 a week

Average weekly earnings reach high for skilled trades
4 days ago

BAM wins £49m Harrogate Convention Centre revamp

Local council hopes to sanction work start this autumn
4 days ago

Renaker to top-out Manchester with 71-storey skyscraper

Developer lifts the lid on planned five-building cluster for phase 3 of Great Jackson Street development
4 days ago

Costain bridge lift delayed by ground conditions

National Highways chiefs postpone planned lifting operation
4 days ago

Nexus sells utilities and EV contracting arms for £78m

Group to now focus on remaining business at south east housing civils contractor Tamdown
4 days ago

Speller Metcalfe lands lead role on £40m Tamworth revamp

Town centre to be transformed under ambitious plans
4 days ago

Scaffold boss banned over covid loan abuse

Eleven-year director ban after misuse of £50,000 loan
5 days ago

Gove issues six weeks ultimatum to sign building safety contract

Developers told to sign Government contract issued today or be banned from building homes
5 days ago

Firm fined £120,000 for lifting two builders in a telehandler bucket

Rochdale builder Hoyle Developments fined after repeated safety breaches
1 week ago

Hunt quashes reports HS2 will stop at Old Oak Common

Chancellor says no "conceivable circumstance" where HS2 would not terminate in Central London
7 days ago

Contractor services