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Construction firm fined after hoarding falls on passer-by

Mrs Margaret Gardiner, 68, was knocked into the street and trapped by the 10m long hoarding while walking along the pavement on Bedford high street. The 68-year-old woman sustained injuries to her hip as well as extensive bruising to the rest of her body, including her head.

Luton Magistrates Court heard that the hoarding, which was used to shield the site from the public, had been inadequately constructed. The workers had been given no details, design or instruction on how to build the hoarding and it was left entirely to the team on the site how to construct. There was no supervision and the hoarding had not been adequately supported, tied back or inspected. This resulted in the structure giving way and falling on the member of public.

Frazer Stannard Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and to breaching Regulation 19(2) Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £100,000 in total (£50,000 for each offence). They were also ordered to pay costs of £2425.16.

Added: 24-10-2016

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