Dominic was knocked out by fall from unfinished path

Gazette: Danger spot – Dominic Wild at the end of the path with Jasmin Hoey Danger spot – Dominic Wild at the end of the path with Jasmin Hoey

A MAN was knocked unconscious when he fell from an unfinished footpath.

Dominic Wild tripped as he walked his girlfriend’s dog at Oakapple Close, Colchester, and hit his head on rocks The footpath, running from a new housing estate, off Berechurch Road, into a wooded area stops suddenly with no bollards or sign to warn pedestrians it is incomplete.

Mr Wild, 40, was knocked out cold for about three minutes at about 9pm on Saturday.

His girlfriend’s teenage daughter summoned help and he came round covered in blood before being driven to Colchester General Hospital.

Now the former builder, who is retraining as a care worker, is calling on housing association Colne Housing to fix the problem.

He said: “There are lots of kids who play around here and elderly people.

“One youngster showed me a bump on his head where he had the same fall.

“It’s so dangerous. It needs to be fixed. I have reported it twice, but no one has got back.”

Since the accident, Mr Wild has suffered headaches and lost mobility in his neck.

He has been unable to return to his care worker course this week as he has open wounds.

Helen Scatola, communications officer for Colne Housing, said: “Colne is sorry Mr Wild has been injured in this incident.

“As we have only been alerted to the problem this morning, our inquiries are in the very early stages.

“We are meeting Mr Wild this afternoon to view the site of the accident and he can be assured it will be thoroughly investigated and we will take further action if required.”

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8:46pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Yendor says says...

Surprised he was even able to return to the scene ... must be stressful looking over the edge again ...

Even your dog is laughing at you mate ....
Surprised he was even able to return to the scene ... must be stressful looking over the edge again ... Even your dog is laughing at you mate .... Yendor says

8:53pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Wicky1 says...

///a wooded area stops suddenly with no bollards or sign to warn pedestrians it is incomplete.///

Unless there is a code of practice for warnings to be installed on footpaths then he doesn't have a leg to stand on. Best see an optician or buy a torch.
///a wooded area stops suddenly with no bollards or sign to warn pedestrians it is incomplete./// Unless there is a code of practice for warnings to be installed on footpaths then he doesn't have a leg to stand on. Best see an optician or buy a torch. Wicky1

9:19pm Wed 25 Apr 12

PROOFREADER says...

He should have been looking where he was going. There are many trip hazards on the pavements in Colchester you just have to look out for them.
He should have been looking where he was going. There are many trip hazards on the pavements in Colchester you just have to look out for them. PROOFREADER

10:18pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Captain SpaceAce says...

Unbelieveable!

I'd be too embarassed to even tell anyone - let alone put it in the paper. I hope he gets nothing, really I do. This 'blame culture' is exactly why everyone feels they have to go health n safety mad these days.
Unbelieveable! I'd be too embarassed to even tell anyone - let alone put it in the paper. I hope he gets nothing, really I do. This 'blame culture' is exactly why everyone feels they have to go health n safety mad these days. Captain SpaceAce

10:28pm Wed 25 Apr 12

angryman!!! says...

It's creatures like him that make everything so expensive through insurance, hope the council fines him for damaging the woods with his head. Get a grip man (man said in the losest terms of the word)
It's creatures like him that make everything so expensive through insurance, hope the council fines him for damaging the woods with his head. Get a grip man (man said in the losest terms of the word) angryman!!!

11:04pm Wed 25 Apr 12

jut1972 says...

Dominic Wild at the end of the path... Wild, I bet he was bloody furious.

Its a miracle human kind has had time to evolve to the point where we can invent signs warning of the perilous dangers of falling off a 3 inch drop.
Dominic Wild at the end of the path... Wild, I bet he was bloody furious. Its a miracle human kind has had time to evolve to the point where we can invent signs warning of the perilous dangers of falling off a 3 inch drop. jut1972

11:14pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Wicky1 says...

His facebook page has his likes as 'drinking' & 'shouting at inanimate objects'

Nuff said....
His facebook page has his likes as 'drinking' & 'shouting at inanimate objects' Nuff said.... Wicky1

11:28pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Cuthbert says...

I agree with all the comments here.

Put it down to life's experience and get a grip!
I agree with all the comments here. Put it down to life's experience and get a grip! Cuthbert

12:26am Thu 26 Apr 12

Feisty CBC says...

I'd hate to watch him cross the High Street and encounter things like kerbs and pedestrians.
First story everyone on here has agreed on in months.
I'd hate to watch him cross the High Street and encounter things like kerbs and pedestrians. First story everyone on here has agreed on in months. Feisty CBC

8:05am Thu 26 Apr 12

Captain SpaceAce says...

Whilst looking for squirrels in the trees, my dog fell off the boardwalk in Bourn Woods. In fact, she's done it at least twice. Can I put in a claim for compensation too, do you think, Mr Wild?
Whilst looking for squirrels in the trees, my dog fell off the boardwalk in Bourn Woods. In fact, she's done it at least twice. Can I put in a claim for compensation too, do you think, Mr Wild? Captain SpaceAce

11:56am Thu 26 Apr 12

StopLookListen says...

Hang on a bit, all you critics!
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At the moment the injured party has not been reported as claiming compensation, though of course he may do so in future.
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My comments merely picked up the opportunity of saying why the compensation culture is sometimes very bad for the rest of us.
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As to the spiteful remarks about
Mr Wild, has none of you ever stubbed a toe, tripped, cut a finger badly - in most cases because you are tired or distracted in some way?
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Mr Wild has asked that this break in the path be dealt with in order to make it safe. Where in your rules does it say a sight impaired person can't go for a walk, probably accompanied?and, if you're chatting you don't expect the path to run out as you walk and you may not have your eyes on every inch of ground as you go.
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Yes, toddlers might well escape unscathed from this sort of fall, they don't have the weight or the distance to go!
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So, just wait and see whether he claims or is offered compensation, or whether as he seems to be saying, something should be done about this potential tripping hazard.
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It seems Colchester is jam packed with spite these days. We who no longer dwell within its boundaries use the site to keep up, so this is the image we get of the current inhabitants.
Hang on a bit, all you critics! . At the moment the injured party has not been reported as claiming compensation, though of course he may do so in future. . My comments merely picked up the opportunity of saying why the compensation culture is sometimes very bad for the rest of us. . As to the spiteful remarks about Mr Wild, has none of you ever stubbed a toe, tripped, cut a finger badly - in most cases because you are tired or distracted in some way? . Mr Wild has asked that this break in the path be dealt with in order to make it safe. Where in your rules does it say a sight impaired person can't go for a walk, probably accompanied?and, if you're chatting you don't expect the path to run out as you walk and you may not have your eyes on every inch of ground as you go. . Yes, toddlers might well escape unscathed from this sort of fall, they don't have the weight or the distance to go! . So, just wait and see whether he claims or is offered compensation, or whether as he seems to be saying, something should be done about this potential tripping hazard. . It seems Colchester is jam packed with spite these days. We who no longer dwell within its boundaries use the site to keep up, so this is the image we get of the current inhabitants. StopLookListen

1:05pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Cuthbert says...

SLL put a sock in it.
SLL put a sock in it. Cuthbert

1:11pm Thu 26 Apr 12

romantic says...

SLL, your point is taken, and perhaps we are jumping the gun by assuming that this is leading to a claim for compensation. I´m not sure if the many comments made (including my own) are indicative of spite, more of a kind of resigned cynicism.

I have tripped many times, stubbed toes, cut fingers, broken bones. Maybe I should be more proactive about it, but I have tended to think it´s my own fault on the whole. We seem to live in a world where people are apt to place the blame on "the system", but there is also an onus on people to have common sense. It is impossible to have a warning sign to cover every possible scenario, and impossible to smooth out the edges of everything so much that there is no risk.

I have no idea of how it would be to be majorly poor-sighted. I don´t want this to come across as callous, but it is very difficult to make the world so safe that a poor-sighted person could stroll along without a care in the world at any place in the town, suburbs or country.

I do wonder why this guy has gone to the papers with this. If I went to the Gazette every time I did something stupid, believe me, you would all be sick of the sight of me!

He may not have even thought of compensation, but there will be companies contacting him who will promise him a pot of cash if he makes a claim. It happens, believe me. When that does happen, it is hard to resist the no-win, no-fee promises made.

But in a definitely non-spiteful way, I hope this guy gets them to fix the path up.
SLL, your point is taken, and perhaps we are jumping the gun by assuming that this is leading to a claim for compensation. I´m not sure if the many comments made (including my own) are indicative of spite, more of a kind of resigned cynicism. I have tripped many times, stubbed toes, cut fingers, broken bones. Maybe I should be more proactive about it, but I have tended to think it´s my own fault on the whole. We seem to live in a world where people are apt to place the blame on "the system", but there is also an onus on people to have common sense. It is impossible to have a warning sign to cover every possible scenario, and impossible to smooth out the edges of everything so much that there is no risk. I have no idea of how it would be to be majorly poor-sighted. I don´t want this to come across as callous, but it is very difficult to make the world so safe that a poor-sighted person could stroll along without a care in the world at any place in the town, suburbs or country. I do wonder why this guy has gone to the papers with this. If I went to the Gazette every time I did something stupid, believe me, you would all be sick of the sight of me! He may not have even thought of compensation, but there will be companies contacting him who will promise him a pot of cash if he makes a claim. It happens, believe me. When that does happen, it is hard to resist the no-win, no-fee promises made. But in a definitely non-spiteful way, I hope this guy gets them to fix the path up. romantic

1:45pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Feisty CBC says...

Whatever his agenda here, I think he is on the road to nowhere.
Whatever his agenda here, I think he is on the road to nowhere. Feisty CBC

2:22pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Captain SpaceAce says...

SLL - I'm afraid I've read quite a bit of spite in your posts in the past my friend - people in glass houses and all that. But the crux of the matter here is that path or no path the woods are full of trip hazards. It's not a news-worthy story. I for one hope they don't become full of warning signs too.
SLL - I'm afraid I've read quite a bit of spite in your posts in the past my friend - people in glass houses and all that. But the crux of the matter here is that path or no path the woods are full of trip hazards. It's not a news-worthy story. I for one hope they don't become full of warning signs too. Captain SpaceAce

3:52pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Cuthbert says...

Yes, I've stubbed my big toe in Colchester High Street, years ago, by tripping first.

I broke my toenail beneath the base and had a bloody shoe and long term consequences of an ingrowing toenail.

I only ever thought I should have watched where I was going and not about who elses fault it might have been.

Captain SpaceAce, you're spot on with your post.
Yes, I've stubbed my big toe in Colchester High Street, years ago, by tripping first. I broke my toenail beneath the base and had a bloody shoe and long term consequences of an ingrowing toenail. I only ever thought I should have watched where I was going and not about who elses fault it might have been. Captain SpaceAce, you're spot on with your post. Cuthbert

7:09am Fri 27 Apr 12

ShallowRemarks says...

So what everyone is saying apart from SLL that Mr Wild is wrong to bring this matter to attention, I think it would be selfish of him if he didn't.
So what everyone is saying apart from SLL that Mr Wild is wrong to bring this matter to attention, I think it would be selfish of him if he didn't. ShallowRemarks

7:47pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Fairminded fella says...

I for one am glad this story has had some coverage. Only last year I tripped and had a hurty knee. No one cared, even my wife laughed. It was truely a humiliating experience and one that keeps me up on many a night. The only thing missing from this story is the name of the brave journalist who has braved ridicule and professional embarrassment by giving this story the much needed coverage it deserves. If only I had his (or her) name so that I could express my thanks and admiration and get this submitted for some sort of award. Can you believe I showed this story to my 14yr old son and he just giggled and said that Mr Wild "should man up". I thought I had brought him up to have more compassion.
I for one am glad this story has had some coverage. Only last year I tripped and had a hurty knee. No one cared, even my wife laughed. It was truely a humiliating experience and one that keeps me up on many a night. The only thing missing from this story is the name of the brave journalist who has braved ridicule and professional embarrassment by giving this story the much needed coverage it deserves. If only I had his (or her) name so that I could express my thanks and admiration and get this submitted for some sort of award. Can you believe I showed this story to my 14yr old son and he just giggled and said that Mr Wild "should man up". I thought I had brought him up to have more compassion. Fairminded fella

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