Brit school caretaker sues for PS50k for no ladder training!June 17th, 2008 - 1:23 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 17 (ANI): A Brit school caretaker who has used ladders for 30 years wants a 50,000 pounds compensation for falling off a stepladder, saying bosses did not train him how to use it.
Anthony Gower-Smith, 73, fell from the 6ft ladder while removing a display from a wall at Awbridge Primary near Romsey, Hampshire.
Gower-Smith fractured his skull, broke a cheekbone, split a kidney and spent time in intensive care, the court heard.
The caretaker said he had been told not to stand on the top step or work more than 10ft above the ground but given no other advice on using stepladders.
The pensioner admitted ticking a box to say he was given safety training when he took the job in 2002.
But he added: When you are given something to sign by your superior you just sign it.
At first he blamed himself for the fall and told police he had been standing on the top step, the court heard.
But he said: I dont remember what I said I was dazed.
But I wasnt on the top step because I had no need to be, The Sun quoted him, as saying.
Defendant Hampshire County Council said in a statement: The claimant knew perfectly well how to use a stepladder.
Judgment on the case is expected this week. (ANI)
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