Fatal Accident At Work – Wind Farm
Diver died on an off-shore wind farm.
The worker, 48 was working as a off-shore mechanical diver when he suddenly lost his life.
It is believed the worker was planned work to go under water and fix a wind farm when he was heard to be struggling for breath only 4 minutes into his dive.
The deceased was to have been complaining about his neck ring being too tight around his neck- (which is worn around his neck to stop water going into his helmet). An emergency diver went down to the sea bed to see if he was ok when it was unable to find a clip on ring in order to pull him back up to the vessel.
After 15 minutes, the deceased was finally pulled up to the vessel and was pronounced deceased by a doctor who was flown out to the vessel after about an hour of resuscitation attempts.
Due to this incident, a coroner’s inquest took place and a post-mortem revealed there was bruising found around his neck and found the cause of death hypoxic induced cardiac arrest, due to compression of his neck by an over-tight neck dam ring.
They also found that he had an undiagnosed heart condition and he had a slight heart attack which contributed to his death.
Employers are under a duty to provide a safe working environment. Fatal accidents at work are on obvious hazard that employers must safeguard against. All employers must ensure that the place of work is safe for all employees. They must provide any safety equipment, clothing, breathing apparatus etc. to protect employees who are undertaking work that may cause them harm. Working at heights is an obvious danger and employers must provide not only the relevant safety equipment, but also training.
Here at R James Hutcheon solicitors we understand that loss of a loved one can cause pain, grief and suffering and that no amount of fatal accident at work compensation can recover this loss. However, the award of fatal accident compensation can help with the stress loved ones still having to pay the mortgage and bills such as funeral costs, loan repayments and general household expenses. A bereavement award can also be awarded to the deceased’s Spouse or Parents. For your information we have set up a fatal accident compensation guide. Anyone needing any more information please contact us.
Posted: February 12, 2016 at 8:30 am