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Company fined £30,000 after metal arch falls on woman at 2012 Olympics

PUBLISHED: 10:50 30 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:50 30 January 2014

The metal arch struck a passing women as it blew over

The metal arch struck a passing women as it blew over

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A company has been fined £30,000 after a metal arch and banner at the 2012 Olympics blew over and struck a passing woman in Wood Wharf.

Icon Display Limited was fined for breaching health and safety laws and was ordered to pay an additional £6,206 in costs by Snaresbrook Crown Court on January 17.

A 37-year-old woman was struck by the falling arch and PVC banner structure as she walked by the entrance of the Wood Wharf Olympic site in the Isle of Dogs on August 15, 2012.

The impact caused head injuries and pinned her to the ground.

She was taken by ambulance to hospital and has not returned to work due to her injuries.

Icon Display Limited plead guilty to two charges under section 33 of the Health and Safety Work Act 1974 at a hearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court on December 5 before the case was sent to Snaresbrook for sentencing.

An investigation was launched by Tower Hamlets Council’s health and safety team found that Icon Display had failed to accurately measure the amount of wind the arch could withstand.

The company’s calculations were actually meant for a flag pole, and not for the large metal arch and banner.

Cllr Ohid Ahmed, deputy mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Unfortunately this was an accident waiting to happen.

“It should have and could have been avoided.

“We hope this verdict will remind businesses of the importance of good health and safety management.”

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