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Convention Centre fined £400,000

BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety

The owners of Birmingham’s International Convention Centre were recently fined £400,000 + costs,  for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.  

On the 11th January 2019, a freelance stage manager was struck on the head by an 11.5kg scenery counter-balance weight, which fell from a high-level stage platform in Hall 1. The injured person suffered serious head injury, leading to extensive life-saving surgery.

Birmingham City Council’s Environmental Health investigated the accident. They found that guardrail protection measures were inadequate and the risk assessment failed to address the potential of falling objects.

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