Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Paralysed at Work, but Payout Row Means I Can't Even Go Home; Firms in Row over Who Has Liability for Injury

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Paralysed at Work, but Payout Row Means I Can't Even Go Home; Firms in Row over Who Has Liability for Injury

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Byline: KATIE COLLINGS Reporter katie.collings@ncjmedia.com

A MIRACLE man was left fighting for life after an industrial accident is now being forced to fight a fresh battle for compensation.

Pipe layer Dale Reed says he feels like his life is now a "jail sentence" after he was paralysed working on the site of a new Teesside biomass power plant in October last year.

The 48-year-old was working on the PS160m Port Clarence Renewable Energy Plant when he suffered lifechanging injuries after cladding attached to the building came loose and fell on to him from a height of over 30 metres.

In a cruel twist of fate, the grandfather was not usually based at that site and was only there for one day to cover leave.

Dale, of Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, has been left paralysed with a catalogue of further injuries including fractured bones throughout his body and organ damage.

After being in James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for over five months, doctors have deemed Dale as being medically fit to be discharged, but his own home is no longer suitable for his care needs.

However, Dale is unable to secure the specially-adapted accommodation he so badly requires due to a dispute over which of the companies working on the Port Clarence site is liable for the incident.

This dispute means that no funding has yet been secured.

From his hospital bed and struggling to speak, Dale - father to daughters Shannon and Karley and grandfather to three-year-old Finlay- said: "Every day is torture, absolute torture. My life feels like a jail sentence. Every day is exactly the same. I feel like I am stuck."

Fiona Samms, his partner of over 30 years, has been forced to suspend her job as a care worker to be with him every day at his bedside.

She has now slammed the culpable parties and their insurers for not taking responsibility for what has happened.

"I think it's absolutely disgraceful, how dare they. It's disgusting. Clearly none of this is Dale's fault, he hasn't done anything wrong and was just there doing his job, but now we are forced to live with the consequences." she said.

"I think getting out of hospital and getting back to where we live, with our family and friends and in the community we know, would really pick him up. …

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