A building company from Tyne and Wear has been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws after two paving stones fell on a child's leg.
RTP Construction was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 compensation to the child, who sustained severe lacerations when the stones, each weighing 64 kg, came down.
The child had been playing on an estate where the paving stones were being stored when the incident occurred.
Health and Safety Executive inspector Victoria Wise commented: "This is a reminder to construction companies … that no matter what stage the development is at, they have a duty to ensure that their work activities and associated materials and equipment do not pose a danger."
In related news, a haulage company from County Durham was recently ordered to pay £4,000 after one of its workers was crushed between two heavy goods vehicles as one reversed past the other.