A handyman has made an injury claim against his employers after he fell off his ladder while pruning a tree outside Egerton House hotel in Bolton.
Peter Aspinall spent ten days in hospital following his fall, in which he suffered a broken heel and damaged ligaments.
The fall occurred in a "Laurel and Hardy" moment, in which the 64-year-old sawed through the branch his ladder was leaning on.
Although the hotel pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations, hotel owner Jan Hampton underlined her establishment’s good record.
In a statement, she said that action had been taken to ensure the incident will not reoccur.
"Naturally the hotel is concerned that the systems it had in place did not prevent the employees involved in this incident from attempting to cut the branch and that one of those employees should then fall and sustain injury," Ms Hampton added.
Earlier this week, the Health and Safety Executive fined the Warrington-based plant hire company Ashtead Plant Hire Co GBP 200,000 after an employee fell five metres to his death.
Posted by Trevor Baker