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Pedestrians suffer personal injury from falling debris

Serious personal injury was caused to two members of the public after part of a residential property fell onto them during refurbishment work.

A section of insecure cladding hit a pensioner and nearly severed her foot in the incident. A second section of cladding hit a man on the shoulder and caused severe bruising along his arm.

A number of cars were also damaged in the incident in November 2009.

Crawley Magistrates' Court was told workers for the construction company, from Harrow, which was employed on the project, had not securely fitted the panels. As a result, the cladding fell from the building to the pavement below, injuring the passers-by.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation discovered that the wrong nails were used by the construction company to secure the panels in place.

The company admitted to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £8,000. It was also ordered to pay £14,760 in costs.

Following the court hearing an inspector from HSE said that despite using specialised cladding material, the company had failed to use the correct fittings. He went on to state that this basic error could have had ended with much more horrific results.

It has not been reported whether either of the victims will be pursuing a personal injury compensation claim through the civil courts. Now that liability for the accident has been established, they may wish to consult a solicitor to seek damages under the no win no fee system.


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