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Brendan Flynn Construction - a Harrow-based organisation - was conducting carpentry work at a project in the town of Crawley when some poorly-secured cladding on the building was blown off.
This panelling landed on the pavement below, with one piece causing a serious ankle injury to a pensioner and another resulting in severe bruising on a man's arm.
An investigation into this incident found that several other parts of the material had also fallen due to not being properly secured and - in a case heard at Crawley Magistrates' Court - the firm admitted breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Russell Becket of the Health and Safety Executive commented: "The incident had horrendous consequences, which could have been far worse."
This comes after Roger Bibbings of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents noted that companies could employ a specialist to help them enhance their awareness of health and safety rules.
Posted by Helen Jones
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