Personal injury solicitors recently said that one small child was seriously injured after a streetlight component fell and struck her on the head while the light was being serviced by an engineer.
According to injury solicitors familiar with the case, Rajna Kasham was pushing her daughter Taahyra in her pram, when the engineer performing maintenance on the streetlight dropped the reflector that he was working to remove from the pinnacle of the lamppost. Little Taahyra was struck on the head after the reflector plummeted to the ground, crashing into the baby’s pram and causing a head wound to Taahyra that required stitches to close.
The Government’s Health and Safety Executive wasted no time in launching an investigation into the incident, discovering that the streetlight operative, twenty five year old Joseph Parker, had neglected to set up any temporary barriers around the lamppost, even though doing so would have provided a safety zone for any nearby pedestrians. Mr Parker, who was working for Volker Highways at the time of the incident, was brought before the City of London Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and given a fine of £2,250 and told to pay a total of £2,888 in court costs as well.
The HSE inspector that prosecuted the case remarked after the hearing that both a young toddler had suffered serious injuries and a mother traumatised due to Mr Parker’s recklessness and his disregard for regulations designed to protect the health and safety of the populace.
No personal injury claims were brought against Volker Highways because their employee had been trained properly, the inspector said, thus exempting them from any blame. However, the inspector was quick to say that the HSE would prosecute individual employees if they put members of the public at risk.