A BARNSLEY man who was injured in a works accident has won a multi million pound settlement in claim against employer.

Christopher Kaye, 57, was working on a construction site in Sheffield for Euro Dismantling Services in October 2008 when the accident happened. He was changing the grapple attachment on an excavator when the connecting metal bar fixing the grapple to the boom sprang out, hitting him in the face and knocking him to the ground.

He was left with severe brain damage and spent many months in the Keresforth Centre - he now needs round the clock care.

After a three-year legal battle, he has been awarded a £1.75 million lump sum with a yearly payment of £135,000 for life.

Euro Dismantling Services Ltd initially denied any responsibility but eventually accepted 90 per cent liability following meetings between the respective legal teams.

Chris's wife, Sue Kaye said: “It’s a massive relief for all of this to be finally over and for there to be funds to pay for the care Chris needs but no amount of money will help Chris to fully recover or give me back my loving husband of 32 years, nor will my children ever have the same Dad."

Jill Greenfield, of Field Fisher Waterhouse, represented the family. She said: “This was a terrible accident that could have been avoided had better equipment and training been in place at Mr Kaye’s workplace. This accident has had a profound effect on Mr Kaye and his family who are devoted to him. The money will allow Chris to have round the clock care and support in what are very difficult circumstances."