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Chain of command muddies £5m claim

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A BUILDER paralysed from the shoulders down after being crushed by a digger is suing the firms involved for £5 million in damages.

Vincent Wallace of Glasgow was working as an asbestos remover at the Quartermile site in Edinburgh in November 2004 when a Bobcat reversed, crushing him against a concrete pillar. Mr Wallace claims the driver reversed blindly and had no certificate of competence to operate the Bobcat.

The claim is subject to a number of legal wrangles, the principal of which is who the driver of the digger was working for. TCM Groundworks, a plant hire firm from Essex, employed the driver but alleges he was carrying out work for London-based demolition firm Keltbray.

TCM Groundworks and Keltbray declined to comment although Keltbray confirmed it was denying liability. A court date has not yet been set.