Jonathan Herbert, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) Offices, has secured £30,000 for a client who was injured at work due to an exploding gas cylinder.
The claimant in this personal injury claim was a 40 year old male who was employed as a steel welder and fabricator. In January 2009 he was working at Kemsley Mill in Sittingbourne, Kent, which involved new installations and refurbishment of printing machinery. He had been working almost continually on this site for six months.
Towards the end of the day on the 28th January 2009 he went to assist colleagues in finishing work on a staircase installing a steel handrail. The rail was leant against the wall whilst the wall was being prepared. There were lots of building spoils in the area which had been left by previous contractors and the claimant and his colleagues had to work around these spoils.
Two gas cylinders had been left on the side of the walkway amongst other building spoils.
The piece of handrail that was being installed fell onto those building spoils and knocked into one of the gas cylinders which effectively exploded. The cylinder acted like a rocket and propelled around the room, hitting into the claimant’s left leg with speed, knocking him to the ground and causing an open fracture to his left tibia. It is understood that these cylinders contained heptafluoro-propane. Unlike the cylinder in this instance, it is understood that they would normally have a protective shroud on top and be secured in an upright and safe position, or even in a metal cage.
The Claimant suffered significant injury. He sustained an open fracture to his left tibia which required surgical intervention with metal work being utilised to stabilise the bone and leg generally. The Claimant had a prolonged stay in hospital and endured infections in the wound which required the administration of antibiotic medicine. He continues to suffer ongoing symptoms, in particular ongoing aching and pain and discomfort in cold weather.
Jonathan was able to obtain a settlement of £30,000 for the claimant to compensate him for his pain and suffering.
Jonathan Herbert specialises in cases involving accidents at work. If you would like to ask Jonathan a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury, contact Jonathan on 01892 701226 in confidence.