A path to pain and injury

Bill Fisher watches as repairs are made to the footpath where he fell. Right: Mr Fisher after the fall. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d410827
Bill Fisher watches as repairs are made to the footpath where he fell. Right: Mr Fisher after the fall. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d410827

Mr Fisher said he smashed his face on the footpath, and injured his jaw, knee and shoulder, after he tripped on the cracked pavement.

He received multiple bruises and a large gash to his face.

Mr Fisher said he was on his way to Stockland Riverton on the right side of the road near Metcalfe Road when he was injured on Thursday, October 31.

‘I do not expect a pavement to be judged by the standards of a bowling green,’ he said.

‘However, besides any personal injury compensation claims I may make, my favourite watch and glasses have been destroyed. I’m not chasing money, I just want to bring attention to the state of the footpaths and for people to be careful.’

Witnesses rushed the 65-year-old to Herald Avenue Family Practice where his face was sutured.

Mr Fisher is a Vietnam veteran who has lived in Parkwood for 37 years.

Canning Commissioner Linton Reynolds said the footpath on High Road was generally in good condition.

‘The damaged section of path where Mr Fisher had his fall had not previously been reported to council,’ he said.

‘The City of Canning inspects its pavements periodically to ensure they are in good condition.’

City engineering and technical services executive Steve Atwell contacted Mr Fisher and apologised for his injury on behalf of the City.

Mr Atwell said he wanted to understand how it occurred to prevent it from happening again.

Mr Reynolds said the repairs were scheduled for completion by last Thursday.

Mr Fisher said he was happy with the response he received from the City of Canning and hoped future injuries could be avoided.

Mr Reynolds said the City maintains 360km of pedestrian and dual access paths, and the staff attempted to ensure all of these were in good order.