Parent’s fury at son’s scaffolding injury
Firm gave no apology after four-year-old hurt
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