Two construction companies have been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws in connection with the collapse of a crane in Liverpool that left a man paralysed.
Today a jury found Bingham Davis and Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd guilty of breaching health and safety laws after a 200-tonne crane toppled on to an apartment block at Chandlers Wharf in Liverpool city centre in July 2009.
Iain Gilham, from Merseyside, was paralysed from the waist down when he was thrown from the crane. His injuries included a brain haemorrhage, fractured skull, spine fractures and a broken shoulder.
More than 100 people had to be moved from their homes following the incident.
Mr Gilham’s solicitor Adrian Denson of Fletcher’s Solicitors, in Southport, said: “This is a very sad case involving my Client, Mr Iain Gilham. On 6 July 2009 he suffered catastrophic and life changing injuries through no fault of his own whilst carrying out a job that he loved, and in which he was highly skilled and experienced. It is a great relief to my client that the criminal prosecution is now at an end. I and the rest of Mr Gilham’s legal team representing him in his civil claim for damages arising from his injuries will continue in our efforts to finalise his claim on the best possible terms, to ensure that he receives the compensation to which he is entitled so that all of his needs are met for the rest of his life. We hope that the HSE has now put in place promised safeguards to monitor the use of these very heavy cranes”.
Mr Gilham said: “It has been a long time since my accident and I am pleased that the criminal prosecution is now over. I am coming to terms with my changed circumstances and I am getting on with my life as best as I can. I would like to thank all of my family, friends, doctors, my legal team, and all of the people who have helped me through such a difficult and traumatic time”.
To complete the legal team, on behalf of Mr Gilham, Fletchers have retained the services of Gerard McDermott QC, Lead Counsel specialising in catastrophic injury cases.