Construction company fined after member of public injured by a collapsed hoarding at Kings Mall

A construction company was fined after a member of the public was struck by site hoarding which collapsed into a busy street.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 11 October 2018, a temporary hoarding surrounding a construction site on King Street, Hammersmith, London, collapsed and struck a member of the public, resulting in a broken pelvis. Powells Limited was carrying out refurbishment works to a shop. The hoarding was erected to segregate the site from the footpath outside Kings Mall in order to provide security and public protection.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Powells Limited 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.”

 

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk