Archway collapse during refurbishment

Archway collapse during refurbishment

Two firms have been fined after the collapse of a brick archway that left two workers injured.

The two workers, both joiners, were employed to shore up the archway when it collapsed injuring one in the back and the other sustaining a fractured foot.

Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP, the designers on the project and Brims Construction Limited both admitted numerous safety failings and were fined by magistrates court.

The HSE found that Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP failed to provide sufficent information with regard to the masonary removal and that Brims Construction Ltd failed to plan the work properly.

HSE Inspector Keith Partington said "The incident could have been avoided easily. If the designers had ensured sufficient information was available in the drawings, it would have alerted those carrying out the work to the potential dangers to start with. Brims should also have properly planned and managed the work."

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