A construction company has been fined after a two-storey portable building it erected at a church collapsed.
More than 30 children and parents were playing in the lower room when the incident at Ashbourne Elim Pentecostal Church in Derbyshire happened on 24 October 2013. Luckily none of them were injured.
One of the two volunteers preparing parcels for the church’s food bank in the upper cabin sustained a bruised arm.
Relocatable Building Systems Ltd had refurbished and installed the two cabins a month before the accident.
South Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how both cabins dropped when a bolt on the jacking leg of the lower unit sheared off. The top part of the leg came out of the wooden frame, causing the collapse.
Reverend Ben Brown said it was a “miracle” that the lower cabin had not collapsed on them. While no-one was seriously injured in the incident, all of those involved were left badly shaken by what happened.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive revealed the collapse could have been avoided.
It discovered that the company used smaller-than-required bolts to install the jacking legs on the cabins, even though they were not designed for this purpose, due to the holes not being drilled to the correct size.
Relocatable Building Systems Ltd, of Hilton Industrial Estate, Sutton Lane, Hilton, Derby, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,589.
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Date Published: February 21, 2015
Author: David Brown