An aircraft painter has received injury compensation after he fell from the wing of an aeroplane, breaking and dislocating both of his elbows.
Robert Lupton, 44, was standing on the edge of the wing of a Boeing 777 he was painting for Essex-based company Air Livery, the Bristol Evening Post reports.
He had overstepped the black line marking which indicates where workers can stand without damaging the craft, as he had to wrap the plane’s wing in plastic sheeting to protect it from paint stripper.
The wing flap gave way and Mr Lupton fell 20 feet onto the hangar floor with no guards in place to prevent his fall, breaking both elbows and damaging the ligaments.
Air Livery has been fined GBP 2,400 and made to pay injury compensation to Mr Lupton, who has been on disability benefits since the incident.
It follows reports in the Tottenham Journal that an elderly woman who was hurt when a tree collapse onto her is seeking GBP 75,000 in injury compensation.