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Amputee secures six-figure sum in compensation

A man who had to have his leg amputated below the knee after falling from a ladder at work is to receive a six-figure sum in compensation.

William Edge, 64, was working for the building firm Ardmore Construction in September 2005 when he slipped off a wet ladder and fell three metres onto solid concrete, the Plymouth Herald reports.

He broke his right ankle, but it became infected and after eight operations, the decision was made to amputate Mr Edge’s leg 16 months later.

The victim said that the accident has left him traumatised and unable to carry on with his career, as well as being unable to participate in sports.

"I’ve worked all my life and it’s been hard adjusting to this. I’d always intended to work until I was 65," he added.

Ardmore Construction has now agreed to pay Mr Edge an undisclosed sum of compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

Under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, every employer should make sure that work is not carried out at height when it can be successfully carried out at ground level.

Where work at height is carried out, employers are legally obliged to take adequate steps to prevent falls.
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