Start Your Claim Today

Send us your details, and one of our experts will be in touch.

Successfull form submission tick

Thanks for your details!

One of our legal specialists will review your details and call you back within 24 hours to discuss this further.

Alternatively to speak to a specialist
for FREE call us now on

Successfull form submission tick

Thanks for your feedback!

We take all of our feedback seriously so we can learn what we're doing right, wrong and how we can improve.

If you would like to speak to us regarding your feedback please email us at

Construction firm in court after employee seriously injures leg

Construction firm, Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd, has been in court for safety failings after one of its employees was injured when an excavation trench collapsed on his leg.

What happened?

Paul Fennelly, who had been told that the water supply had been turned off, was cutting a section of cast iron water pipe within a 1.3 metre deep excavation trench.

Water suddenly gushed from the pipe forcing Mr Fennelly to move out of the way, but as he moved part of the trench collapsed, trapping his right leg against the pipe and covering it with clay.

The 45-year-old was rushed to hospital with a snapped thigh bone, where he stayed for ten days and had an operation to insert a pin and bolts into his leg. He was reliant on walking sticks for five months, and was unable to return to work until 11 months later.

Currently he is unable to work as he needs a further operation and is still in considerable pain.

An investigation into the accident found that Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd had identified the risks involved in excavation work, and had ensured employees had sufficient training in excavation work, as well as implementing daily excavation inspections.

However, the court heard that there had been insufficient consideration of the potential effect of a sudden flow of water to the stability of the excavation.

What was the outcome?

Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £3,000.

HSE Principal Inspector, Niall Miller, said:

“Risks relating to the collapse of excavations are long-standing
and well-documented. As one cubic metre of soil typically
weighs between 1.6 and 1.8 tonnes, even the collapse
of a small quantity of material is potentially
dangerous. Soil collapse can be rapid
and completely without warning.

“While the inspection carried out by Galliford Try had concluded
that the excavation had been dug appropriately, it had not
sufficiently taken the water into account.

“As a result, the company failed to assess whether additional
protective measures were needed to prevent collapse,
such as sloping or battering the sides or some
form of support such as shoring.

“As a result Mr Fennelly has been left with a very painful
injury from which he has still not fully recovered.”

If you have been affected by an accident at work, and you would like expert advice, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email

Source: View article

Free Advice

We offer a free legal consultation
to every potential client

No Win No Fee

Many of our claims are offered on
No Win No Fee payment terms

Use our App

Our Free App allows you to
manage your compensation claim

Landscape TrustPilot Widget Mobile Landscape TrustPilot Widget


of our clients were
completely satisfied


of our clients would
use us again


of our clients would
recommend our services


in compensation
recovered for our clients

Screenshot of the Claim Test used to check if you have a claim

Find out how much you can claim with our compensation calculator

It's really quick and easy, find out in 30 seconds.

See what you're owed!
Call us FREE on

or request a call back