A construction worker is recovering in hospital after he was hit by falling materials on a housing site in Scotland. The operative is recovering and is in a stable condition. It was confirmed that his injuries were caused by falling materials within the building. This accident occurred two weeks after a woman died following being struck by a pallet of falling bricks in London.
It is alleged that the woman had been walking past the construction site when a tower crane dropped a pallet of bricks onto the ground below. The woman was taken to hospital and died of her injuries the next day.
Both accidents illustrate the importance of preventing the fall of materials from height. Planning must be in place to prevent the fall of materials as well as the fall of personnel. Lifting and storage of materials must be planned with suitable control measures implemented to prevent the fall of materials.