Ipswich firm forced to pay compensation

AN Ipswich-based firm has been forced to pay �150,000 in compensation after a construction worker was left with devastating injuries.

AN Ipswich-based firm has been forced to pay �150,000 in compensation after a construction worker was left with devastating injuries.

BOCM Pauls will make the payment to Michael Brand, who was left unlikely to ever work again or live independently after falling five metres through a roof while working at their warehouse near Bury St Edmunds.

Mr Brand is also due to receive �300,000 from Roy Allen Engineering Ltd, of Stanley Road, Diss, for whom the 46-year-old was working at the time. He suffered a serious brain injury and is largely wheelchair dependent as a result of the industrial accident.

His solicitors yesterday confirmed he was awarded the six-figure sum after bringing a High Court action.


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Mr Brand originally lived in Taverham, near Norwich, but has remained at a special rehabilitation unit in Norfolk since the accident five years ago.

A steel erector, sheeter and cladder, Mr Brand was working on repairs to a warehouse roof when the incident occurred.

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The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and chose not to prosecute any of the parties involved.

But the authority did acknowledge that further safety measures could and should have been put in place in response to the particular situation.

Roy Allen Engineering Ltd declined to comment yesterday while BOCM Pauls Ltd was unavailable for comment.

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