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Construction site accident news – Brent pedestrians crushed by plasterboard fall

01st March 2012

Building work was being carried out by a construction firm based in Sittingbourne, Kent to erect new homes on a residential street. However, on the day in question, as the women were walking past the site a large block of plasterboard fell from scaffolding crashing into a metal barrier.

The barrier fell onto the two passing pedestrians who were injured as a result.

One woman, 42, suffered a fractured ankle which required surgery. The other woman, 41, suffered minor injuries. Both were taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital in Westminster.

Residents of the area had already made complaints about safety on the construction site.

One person, who helped the injured women after the incident, told the Brent and Kilburn Times, “I’ve tried putting complaints in but nothing is being done about it, it is as though no-one cares about the residents’ safety.”

She added, “Just imagine if someone had been killed, it’s so dangerous.

“Somebody needs to take responsibility for this.”

A spokesperson for the construction company apologised for the incident and said that an urgent review of building site safety at the project had been carried out.

Brent Council representatives have reportedly now visited the site and found no further hazards to safety for passers-by.

It is unreported as to whether either of the injured women will be making a claim for construction site accident compensation through a personal injury solicitor.

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