A CONSTRUCTION worker who was hit by a pile and fractured his left leg was awarded nearly $1 million in compensation yesterday by a High Court judge. Mr Justice Azizul Suffiad ruled that B+B Construction was liable for Cheung Ping's injuries at a site in Kowloon Bay on October 8, 1994. The judge said the accident was caused by the negligence of a crane operator, So Hoi-shing, who was employed by the construction company, the principal contractor at the site. Mr Justice Suffiad said the operator failed to follow work procedures, lifting up the pile before Mr Cheung gave him a hand signal. The judge ordered B+B Construction to compensate Mr Cheung, now 60, in the sum of $967,646, including loss of earnings, special damages, further medical treatment fees and interest. Employee's compensation of $207,848, which Mr Cheung has received, will be deducted from the award. Mr Cheung, a casual labourer for 20 years, has told the Court of First Instance that on the day of the accident he was assigned to help sling up piles at the site. He said that as he jumped down from a stack of hooked-up piles, he was hit in the left leg by one of the piles before he reached the ground. The court has heard the crane operator should have received Mr Cheung's hand signal before lifting the pile. Mr Cheung twice underwent surgery and is still suffering pain and irritation. Mr Justice Suffiad dismissed the claim against Pak Kee Transportation Company after he ruled it had provided a safe system of work.