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    TEMPORARY WORKS HOARDING FELL ON PEDESTRIAN

    Member of the public struck when site fence collapsed suddenly

    A construction company has been fined £100,000 after a member of the public was struck by site hoarding which collapsed into a busy street in Hammersmith West London in October 2018.

    Westminster Magistrates heard that the temporary hoarding surrounding the construction site collapsed and struck a member of the public, resulting in a broken pelvis.

    The defendant was carrying out refurbishment works to a shop. The hoarding was erected to segregate the site from the footpath outside in order to provide security and public protection.

    TW must be properly designed, installed and maintained

    HSE investigators found that the company failed to ensure that the temporary hoarding was designed, installed and maintained in such a manner as to withstand any foreseeable loads which may be imposed upon it.

    • Powells Limited – of Fleming Court, Eastleigh, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 19(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £100,000 with full costs of £6,688.12.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Adam Thompson commented:

    “The incident could have been avoided if the site hoarding had been properly designed and installed.

    Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

     

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