An 8-year-old child was seriously injured when she was hit by a collapsing wall that was used to support and store materials for a construction company. Her foot was subsequently crushed, and her big toe had to be amputated.
It was found that the wall had not been assessed to ensure it was adequate to be used as a boundary for the site and storing materials. The company had failed in their duty under CDM regulations 2015 to ensure the safety of the site wall. A competent person should have been appointed to carry out an assessment at the start of the project.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company has been fined £22,500 and ordered to pay £11,998.80 in costs.