School Prosecuted over Caretaker Incident

A Shenfield school has been prosecuted after one of its staff fell from height while at work. Caretaker David Springett was recladding the outside of the kitchen at Shenfield High School near Brentwood in Essex on 28 July 2010.

The 54-year-old was working with a colleague on an unguarded work platform when he lost his footing and fell 1.9 metres to the ground. He broke two ribs and needed a three-inch metal plate and multiple metal screws inserted into a broken arm.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, told Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court that Shenfield High School failed to take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent an employee failing from height while carrying out work.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Corinne Godfrey said:

“As falling from height often results in severe injury or death, the outcome of this incident could have been much worse.

“However, it could have been avoided altogether if an appropriate work platform had been provided by Mr Springett’s employers. The school has a duty to protect its staff and working at height brings with it risks they should be aware of, and protect against.”

Shenfield High School Alexander Lane, Shenfield, Brentwood, Essex, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,243.85.

July 25, 2011 | Categories: News |
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