Preston Magistrates’ Court fined a firm £10,000 following a 17yo mental-health patient broke her back and pelvis when she fell 6 metres from a roof of the Royal Preston Hospital in Fullwood.

W Hughes and Son Ltd was prosecuted by the HSE when they found the company had not prevented access to the scaffolding on site.  The firm who had been contracted to replace a flat roof on a single-storey section of the hospital used scaffolding to reach the roof but failed to properly fence off the steps leading up the scaffolding tower.

The 17yo was staying in the hospital’s Mental Health Unit and climbed the scaffold.  She fell between the gap between two buildings

Hughes and Son of Collinson Street, Preston was fined and ordered to pay costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the CDM Regulations 2007.

HSE Inspector, Chris Smith, said:

“…a vulnerable young person was badly injured because W Hughes and Son Ltd failed to make sure its scaffolding was properly fenced off.  Construction firms have a legal duty to make sure construction sites are secure and clearly signed but that didn’t happen in this case.  It’s vital that companies think carefully about how they plan projects in public places, such as hospitals, so that members of the public are not put at risk…”

As seen on the HSE website.