A contractor has been fined after a workers damaged a market stall by allowing a roller shutter fall onto it.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard that at around 5am on August 3, 2016, employees of Flex D B Construction were removing a roller shutter door from a property in High Street, Walthamstow.

During this work, the door fell onto the pavement, badly damaging a stall on Walthamstow Market. No one was injured during the incident.

However, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was no risk assessment for the task of removing the roller shutter door.

The site manager was not on site when the incident occurred meaning that there was no supervision of the workers.

The investigation also found that the site issues could have been rectified by appropriately planning, managing and monitoring of the construction work.

Flex D B Construction was found guilty of breaching the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015, and was fined £45,000.

The Barnet-based firm was also ordered to pay costs of £4,064 and a victim surcharge of £170.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Sarah Robinson said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to plan, manage and monitor safe methods of working.

“There was no risk assessment or method statement for the task of removing this roller shutter door and it is fortunate that no one was injured.”