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    PROPERTY FIRM FAILED TO OVERSEE CONTRACTOR

    Wall and hoarding collapsed injuring pedestrian on busy London street

    The land and property arm of the Greater London Authority has been fined £250,000 for serious failings in safety management after an advertising hoarding collapsed onto a man in front of his wife and two children in January 2014.

    Southwark Crown Court heard how a family of four were hurrying along a pavement to Catford Station to shelter from a storm when a wall and hoarding was blown onto the father, causing him to lose consciousness.

    He suffered facial and skull injuries including a fractured eye socket. The family including the children, four and nine at the time, remain affected by the incident.

    Wall was not maintained in safe condition

    HSE investigators found that the defendant employed a company to manage and maintain this site. The investigation found that the defendant “failed to oversee the contract properly” resulting in the wall not being maintained.

    The wall developed a crack which weakened, causing the hoarding to act like a sail in strong winds, eventually leading to its collapse.

    • GLA Land and Property Ltd – of Broadway, London, pleaded guilty under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined a total of £250,000 and ordered to pay £ £14,653 in costs.

    Speaking following the hearing, HSE inspector Ian Shearring said:

    “A set of simple arrangements to inspect and maintain the wall would have picked up on the imminent danger to any passer-by.

    Instead, a whole family was traumatised by seeing the father sustaining serious injuries from being struck by hoarding as it collapsed. It was only a matter of luck that no one was killed on the day outside a busy station”

     

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