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Scaffolding clip fell 20 m on to pedestrian’s head

A member of the public sustained head and face injuries after a scaffolding clip fell and hit him while he was walking in Islington, north London.

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Alandale Plant and Scaffolding has been fined £160,000 over the incident, which happened on 20 March 2017. 

Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that the injured person received cuts to his head and face, a broken nose and a severely bruised skull.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Sarah Robinson said the company’s working practices were not safe. “On this occasion it did not follow their own risk assessments or method statements,” she said.

Alandale Plant and Scaffolding was fined after pleading guilty to breaching s 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was ordered to pay £7,060 costs.

 

 

Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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