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Portsmouth Construction Firm Fined Over Injury To Passer By

A construction company in Portsmouth has been slapped with a fine for serious safety failings after a pedestrian was hit by a falling masonry.

In a hearing, Guildford Magistrates Court was told that the company was undertaking cleaning work above shops.  The company was carrying out overhead work to install pigeon spikes and to clean stonework.

An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive revealed that the overhead work being carried out in Surrey was unsafe.

It was found that the MEWP was correctly used for the task before it was repositioned.  When it was repositioned, it hit a building and a portion of masonry was dislodged and fell almost eight meters below.  The masonry weighed close to 8 kilograms.

The masonry hit the man on the shoulder and he was knocked to the ground.  The incident was captured on CCTV cameras.

The 29 year old passerby suffered cuts and bruises on his shoulder.  He also experienced muscle spasms due to the incident which took place in May 2012 on Camberley High Street.

According to the Health and Safety Executive Inspector, although there were barriers placed around the support legs of the platform, there was nothing which could prevent members of the public from walking directly beneath the overhead work which was being carried out.

The court heard that no one from the construction company had placed warning signs to alert passersby of the overhead work.

The incident was very much preventable if the company had managed overhead work properly.

Majestic Construction Limited admitted to breaching Work at Height Regulations and was ordered to pay a fine of £8,000 in addition to £5,473 in costs.

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