Builders have been warned to secure construction areas after a young child was injured on a site that had not been fenced off.
BDW Trading LTD were fined £20,000 for breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after an eight-year-old boy sustained serious injuries while playing with friends on an unsecured construction site.
The boy accessed a storage area, where timber roof tresses fell onto him, causing internal abdominal bleeding and damage to his liver.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the building was only partially fenced off, and the timbers were stacked upright and unstable.
An HSE inspector said, "BDW Trading Ltd knew that families were living right close by, and if the company had taken the straightforward precaution of fencing off the site, children would not have been able to get into the area and this young lad would not have received potentially life threatening injuries."
Children are often drawn to building sites without being fully aware of the danger of playing there. Therefore, it is the responsible of the construction company to secure fencing and ensure that the site is not accessible to the public.
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