Marquee collapse at wedding breakfast nearly catastrophic

With the collapse of a marquee at a wedding breakfast nearly causing a catastrophe for its 150 guests, the Surrey scaffolding firm employed to keep the marquee level with a sloping lawn faced prosecution, say accident claim experts.

Personal injury claims specialist familiar with the incident reported that the guests at the wedding breakfast miraculously escaped serious harm during the collapse, which sent them all plummeting four feet to the ground as they sat down to celebrate the joyous occasion in Newbury, Berkshire.  The scaffolding that suffered the catastrophic failure had been needed to correct the lawn’s slope, West Berkshire Magistrates’ Court were told.

Accompanying the falling guests and catering staff were, chairs, tables, and breakfast for 150 celebrants, said personal injury compensation experts from the Health and Safety Executive, which prosecuted the scaffolding firm in court.

Camberley, Surrey based Block Scaffolding Limited, of Blackwater, was ordered to pay a fine of £8,000 for their part in the incident after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.  The scaffolding firm was also ordered to pay £7,370 in court costs as well.

Describing the aftermath of the incident as quite shocking, one inspector for the HSE said that the newlyweds and their invited guests must have had a harrowing experience.  It was just plain good fortune that there were none who sustained serious injuries, despite the massive scaffolding failure, the HSE inspector added, before going on to issue the warning to companies that erected unsafe scaffolding that the HSE would take swift and decisive action against them, regardless of whether there were serious injuries that had occurred or not.

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