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PUBLISHED: 17:51 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 16:09 23 July 2010

Pat Fox at the scene of his accident

Pat Fox at the scene of his accident

by Monica Derevjanik A loyal pub crawler is contemplating suing a contractor company after he was severely injured outside of his favourite boozer. Patrick Fox from Kilburn Lane, Kensal Rise, was smoking during a golf tournament presentat

by Monica Derevjanik

A loyal pub crawler is contemplating suing a contractor company after he was severely injured outside of his favourite boozer.

Patrick Fox from Kilburn Lane, Kensal Rise, was smoking during a golf tournament presentation party with his friends when a fence he was leaning on broke.

The sober 60-year-old fell into an uncovered 20ft hole, dug by construction company Morrison Plc who were working outside of Maggie's Bar in Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, and suffered from a broken rib and severe cuts and bruises.

Mr Fox said the plastic fence that weighed about 10 pounds and was 30 inches long was put up next to the unlit site and claims this was not enough to protect him from injury.

A hot gas pipe was also stuck in the middle of the 5ft deep hole, yet there were no signs preventing smokers from going near the area.

The hole had been there for weeks and was uncovered and unprotected until the day after the accident when a heavier fence was erected around the site.

Mr Fox said: "They shouldn't have had something so light to protect people from that hole. "They needed a heavy fence or something for that dangerous hole. I know for a fact that a Harrison fence was needed."

Mr Fox has already spoken with a solicitor in Harlesden about proceeding with the case.

Frank Johnston of Harvist Road, Kensal Rise, a friend of Mr Fox who was at Maggie's the night of the accident, said: "Pat doesn't like a fuss, so bravely - with some extra support from friends - he climbed out of the hole. He was clearly in shock; his clothes were in a bad state. Too badly damaged to be cleaned I thought."

A Morrison spokesman said: "Morrison Utility Services takes the safety of its workers and the local community very seriously. "We will carry out a full investigation to try and establish any cause. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused during these essential works, which were carried out to ensure the local community continues to have a safe and reliable gas supply.

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