Council fined for safety failings after child was injured

Doncaster Council has been fined after an 8-year-old girl suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured hip, when a wooden hoarding was blown onto the pavement during high winds.

Doncaster Magistrates’ Court heard how, in December 2013 a derelict site hoarding was blown onto the young girl trapping her between a panel and the pavement.

The Council were aware of two similar incidents involving the same hoarding being blown down in the same month. They did not take appropriate action to ensure the hoarding was made safe.

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, of Civic Offices, Waterdale , Doncaster was fined a total of £12,000 and ordered to pay £1,485 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

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