Berkshire

Scaffolding firm fined after floor collapses at wedding

Collapsed scaffolding
Image caption The scaffolding collapsed as the guests were about to have their wedding breakfast

A scaffolding company has been fined after the floor of a marquee collapsed under a wedding party in Berkshire.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the floor fell more than four feet (1.2m) in places during the event at West Woodhay House near Newbury.

At West Berkshire Magistrates' Court Block Scaffolding Ltd, of Camberley, Surrey, pleaded guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The company was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,370.

It had been booked in September 2010 to provide scaffolding to counteract the slope in the lawn of the wedding venue.

But the structure collapsed caused the bridal couple and 150 guests to fall to the ground along with tables, chairs, cutlery and glassware.

Scaffold poles also fell into the marquee, narrowly missing guests.

HSE Inspector Joanne Woodcock said: "A couple's wedding day was ruined and guests unwittingly risked being seriously injured.

"The fact no one was seriously injured is solely down to good fortune.

"This prosecution should serve as a warning that HSE will take action against anyone failing to build safe scaffolding," she added.

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