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Hertfordshire firm fined by HSE after pensioner injury

17th April 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Herfordshire company has been fined after a pensioner was struck in the head by an advertising hoarding.

The 85-year-old woman suffered a deep cut that needed 13 stitches at the incident at Wardroper House on St Georges Road in Southwark in July 2010.

Westminster Magistrates' Court heard yesterday that Durkan from Waltham Cross was responsible for the hoarding, which was placed alongside pavement at the development.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Toby Webb said: "This sign and hoarding was not maintained in a safe condition, and a pensioner was seriously injured as a result. She could have been killed, and there was a clear risk to other passers-by as well as workers on the construction site it served."

Mr Webb explained that advertising hoardings of this type are regarded as temporary works and need to be properly designed and maintained.

It is important that businesses check the safety of their construction sites, as unstable fixings can easily fall apart and injure members of the public.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801572776-ADNFCR


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