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    Health and Safety News

    Leicester mum hit by hoarding

    By David Brown on November 16, 2014

    Grace Tansey, a 28-year-old mum-of-two, was hit by hoarding during strong winds in Leicester. She was seriously injured during the freak accident when the hoarding surrounding the New Walk Centre, which will soon be demolished, blew down and struck her on the head.

    She was rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary after being hit by hoarding and sustained serious head injuries. Luckily, her two children aged 8 and 5, and her 4-year-old niece, escaped injury.

    Grace and her children were on their way to visit Grace’s mum at Leicester Royal Infirmary when the freak accident occurred. Grace’s dad, a builder by trade, commented, “Grace has a big cut on the top of her head with a three to four inch lump and has to go for a CT scan. The hoarding was only anchored to oil drums filled with concrete. It’s eight feet tall and about 60 feet long; it should have had posts drilled two feet into the ground to hold it secure.”

    The contracts manager of DSM Demolition, Billy Young, commented, “We do regret the accident involving the young lady but it was a freak accident. We will be carrying out a full investigation and preparing a report for our client, Leicester City Council. The system was designed for purpose, we do not drill into the ground to avoid hitting services.”

    Claiming compensation for personal injury

    If you have been hit by hoarding, injured by scaffolding or injured in some other way due to negligence, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. In the case above, the hoarding was not properly secured, which caused it to break loose in high winds.

    This could happen with scaffolding that has not been erected properly, causing injury to passers-by. Contact a personal injury lawyer if you think you may be eligible to make a claim – there’s a three year time limit in place, so don’t leave it too late.

    Source: Leicester Mercury


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    Date Published: November 16, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: News

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