Council fined following toddler death

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Council fined following toddler death

8th February 2011

Camden Council has been fined following the death of a toddler who was killed when sections of a boundary wall fell on top of him.

The two-year-old boy was walking with his childminder along Southampton Road in Gospel Oak, London, when the incident occurred in January 2007.

Damian Bradley, a public liability specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said: "A section of boundary wall collapsed in high winds injuring the pair as they walked beneath. Although both were taken to hospital, the little boy tragically died shortly after being admitted.

"This case highlights the importance of the responsibilities that councils and other organisations have in keeping public places safe," said Damian, a partner with the firm. "As this accident so painfully illustrates, there are often serious consequences when responsibilities of this kind are neglected or ignored."

Camden Council, which was responsible for maintaining the wall that collapsed, pleaded guilty after being charged with breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They were fined £72,000 by Southwark Crown Court and ordered to pay £65,000 in costs.

"This accident was entirely preventable." said Damian. "Two parents have now lost their son because Camden Council failed in their duty of care to the public by neglecting to maintain a wall which was in very poor condition. It is vital that even in this time of austerity when council finances are under increasing pressure, every effort should still be made to keep public walkways safe and ensure this type of accident cannot be repeated."

How can Fentons help?
Fentons Solicitors is experienced in handling claims relating to all types of personal injury. If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

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