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Gardner fined over worker injury

Contractor Keith Gardner has received a fine of £7,000 after a builder was seriously injured when a wall collapsed on top of him at a construction site in east London.

The contractor, trading as K P Gardner Buildings, was prosecuted for failing to ensure the safety of Jason Lunnon, who broke his back and ribs in the incident at a partly-completed block of flats in Forest Gate in March 2009.

Mr Lunnon, 41, from Barnet, was struck by falling concrete blocks when wind blew over the wall, which had not been properly secured. He fractured seven ribs and his right hand, broke his back in four places and suffered serious damage to internal injuries.

At the City of London Magistrates’ Court, Keith Gardner, of Woodford Green, Waltham Forest, was also ordered to pay costs of £6,969.50. The firm had pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

“Despite his terrible injuries, Lunnon is lucky to be alive. This could have so easily been a much more serious incident,” said HSE inspector Paul Hems.

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