In Brighton last month, a toddler was seriously injured when a large piece of timber fell from scaffolding. The girl, who was being pushed in a pushchair, was rushed to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she underwent surgery for a fractured skull.
This is a sobering example of what happens when sufficient health and safety precautions are disregarded. This is the second tragic accident to affect a member of the public so far this year, with a young mother being killed by falling bricks in East London in March.
These cases highlight the significance of safe scaffolding practice not only to protect the workforce but also to protect unsuspecting members of the public.
Guidance on protecting the public from dangers associated with construction work can be found in the following guidance notes:
HSG151 Protecting the public – Health and Safety Executive
SG34:17 Guidance on Protection of the public - NASC