Joseph Parker was fined £2,250 after he pleaded guilty to breaching section 7(a) HSWA (the requirement for employees to take reasonable care for themselves and others who may be affected by their acts) after failing to install temporary barriers around a streetlight he was working on. His employers, Volker Highways Limited, had instructed him to investigate a faulty streetlamp in Hackney in January 2010. Contrary to his training, he did not install temporary work barriers to avoid pedestrians walking directly below. When he detached the reflector from the lamppost, it fell and struck a two year old child walking below. The injuries required stitches. The HSE Inspector, Zameer Bhunnoo, said: “Individual employees must realise that they face criminal prosecution by the HSE if they show a reckless disregard for health and safety, putting others at serious risk.” Mr Parker was also ordered to pay costs of £2,888.