A handyman has been awarded compensation of £35,000 after he fell off a ladder at work.

Richard Proctor, 58, was painting the warehouse of an Asda store when the accident happened in 2010. He was standing on an unsecured ladder on a stairwell. The ladder slipped and he fell to the ground.

He suffered a broken collarbone in the fall and had to take 11 weeks off work. Formerly a keen fly fisherman, he has since been unable to pursue this hobby because of the injury.

Mr Proctor brought a claim for compensation against his employer, City Facilities Management Ltd, which carries out similar work for Asda stores across the United Kingdom. He alleged that the company had failed in its duty to provide a safe system of work. Although the company denied any wrongdoing, the High Court ruled that it was guilty of negligence and a breach of its statutory duty. Mr Proctor was awarded damages of £35,000. As well as compensating him for loss of earnings and the pain and suffering he endured, this amount includes £10,000 to compensate him for being unable to continue fly fishing.

If you have been injured in a trip, slip or fall, whether at work or elsewhere, it may be possible to claim compensation. Contact us for advice on how to proceed.