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Firm fined after employees injured in canopy collapse

2nd January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A construction company has been prosecuted after five workers experienced a “terror ride” when 40 tonnes of scaffolding tumbled to the ground as the result of a steel canopy collapsing.

The roofing workers, employed by Adstone Construction Ltd, were working on a secondary school in Telford when a steel canopy collapsed.

It was found that critical welds had not been completed throughout the canopy, so it could not hold the weight it was supposed to.

The scaffolding the employees were working on collapsed when the canopy fell on it, sending them tumbling to the ground in what HSE inspector Andrew Bowker described as a “terror ride”.

The workers suffered a variety of injuries, including bone fractures and damage to heads, shoulder and vertebrae.

Mr Bowker said: “It is vital that companies carrying out this type of work have suitable and sufficient quality control measures in place in order to ensure that the structural integrity of the new building is never in question.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801677898-ADNFCR


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