Par­ent’s fury at son’s scaf­fold­ing in­jury

Firm gave no apol­ogy af­ter four-year-old hurt

Perthshire Advertiser - - NEWS - Me­lanie Bonn

Lorna and Daniel White were left an­gry about their son’s mishap A Perth fam­ily has hit out at a com­pany which has re­fused to apol­o­gise af­ter their son crashed into un­pro­tected scaf­fold­ing in the city cen­tre.

Daniel and Lorna White say Perth Scaf­fold­ing LLP has done noth­ing to put mat­ters right in the aftermath of a trau­matic 999 dash on the eve of their son Nathan’s fourth birth­day. They are fu­ri­ous that other than ac­knowl­edge the tod­dler’s head-on strike of an un­pro­tected hor­i­zon­tal metal bar, the com­pany has not apol­o­gised.

Mum-of-two Lorna (33) was walk­ing down Perth High Street in Jan­uary, head­ing to a cof­fee shop with Nathan and her three-month-old baby.

“Nathan was in a hurry to get there, he needed the toi­let and we were just mak­ing our way down the pedes­tri­anised street near the old theatre en­trance, when he ran slap bang into scaf­fold­ing at his eye level.

“I saw the whole thing in slow mo­tion as I pushed the pram with his lit­tle brother Mylo inside.

“Nathan hit the metal scaf­fold­ing bar and fell back­wards on the pave­ment. There was blood be­tween his eyes where the bar had hit him, there was a deep wound and I was wor­ried that he was hurt from hit­ting the back of his head on the stone slabs.

“Peo­ple came out from Pan­dora, Jojo Ma­man Bebe and Oliver Bonas. I was helped by a pass­ing woman with first aid knowl­edge, I staunched the blood from the cut on Nathan’s face with his jacket. I had noth­ing else at first. Nathan was ter­ri­fied and up­set, his clothes were ru­ined.”

Nathan was checked over by paramedics and he went to A&E at Perth Royal In­fir­mary where he re­ceived five pa­per stitches be­fore the fam­ily could go home.

“We were grate­ful for the nice ges­ture we got from Oliver Bonas, the shop which had scaf­fold­ing out­side. Although the ac­ci­dent was not their fault, the man­ager phoned up to ask how they could help and gave us gift vouch­ers. The thought was nice,” said Lorna.

“They must have got in touch with Perth Scaf­fold­ing, be­cause the next day some­one came and put some wrap­ping on the scaf­fold­ing - but not the L-shaped bits that Nathan had run into. In other words, a sim­i­lar ac­ci­dent could have hap­pened again.

“I wrote an email to the owner of the scaf­fold­ing com­pany. He ac­knowl­edged it, but noth­ing more. I sent a sec­ond email, five weeks later gen­tly ask­ing what they were plan­ning to do about it. They did not re­ply.

“I sent a third re­quest for some sort of an­swer re­cently and again, noth­ing from Perth Scaf­fold­ing.”

Daniel White (29) added: “This scaf­fold­ing had ab­so­lutely no pro­tec­tive cov­er­ings or even signs. The ac­ci­dent ef­fec­tively ru­ined my son’s fourth birth­day. He could not take part in it with his friends. He had stitches, he couldn’t go on the bouncy cas­tle we had hired. It was mis­er­able.

“Nathan gets head pains from time to time - we don’t know if that was caused by his wipe­out on the pave­ment or the wound to his face, but it’s not good.”

The PA at­tempted to speak to Perth Scaf­fold­ing LLP, but owner Mark Thomas said the com­pany had no com­ment.

The hor­i­zon­tal metal bar on the High Street was not pro­tec­tively wrapped Nathan White (4) af­ter his bash




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