A pipe-fitter from Manchester who received compensation after a work injury is drawing attention to a national safety awareness day.
Lee Sharples suffered severe injuries to his pelvis and spine when an air-conditioning unit fell on top of him, the Manchester Evening News reports.
"One of the harnesses gave way as we were trying to lift an air conditioning unit and it fell on me," he told the paper.
Mr Sharples added: "I could have been killed and now because of the injuries I am unable to work in the same trade."
Following the incident Mr Sharples spent a year in recovery and he is now calling for increased safety procedures in the workplace to coincide with International Workers’ Memorial Day.
International Workers’ Memorial Day originated in Canada to commemorate all those who have died and been injured whilst at work, whether through accidents or work-related illnesses.