A NHS trust has settled out of court after being sued by a care worker left with permanent hearing damage when a hospital ceiling collapsed on his head.
David Kennedy, 48, from Reading was hit by plasterboard which had fallen from the ceiling while working as a senior support worker in Prospect Park Hospital.
Now Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust has admitted liability and settled the claim out of court and Mr Kennedy was awarded damages.
The ceiling had been highlighted to management as unsafe and a maintenance workers had created a small hole in it to let out water but the dangerous area was not cordoned off.
Mr Kennedy was knocked unconscious when a piece of plasterboard fell from the ceiling and he suffered a sprain to his right shoulder. He developed tinnitus and now suffers from hearing loss.
Unison regional secretary Phil Wood said: "Employers have a duty of care to their staff and there is no excuse for allowing a ceiling to become dangerous. This cannot be allowed to happen again."
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