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Handyman wins £35k payout over ladder fall

By Alan Erwin

A handyman whose fly fishing hobby was ended by a fall from a ladder has been awarded £35,000 in damages.

Richard Proctor brought a High Court claim over injuries he suffered while painting an Asda store warehouse in Bangor, Co Down.

A judge ruled that his employer, City Facilities Management Ltd, was guilty of a breach of statutory duty and negligence.

Mr Proctor, a 58-year-old grandfather, had been standing on an unsecured ladder on a stairwell when it slipped in 2010.

The retail and maintenance technician sustained a fractured collarbone and was off work for 11 weeks.

He claimed City Facilities Management Ltd failed in its duty to provide a safe system of work.

The defendant company, which employs 11,000 staff and carries out maintenance work at Asda stores throughout the UK, denied liability.

After making a £25,000 award for pain and suffering, the judge added: “In respect of the plaintiff's loss of amenity in being unable to continue his hobby of fly fishing, I assess this at £10,000.”

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