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NEWS Teaching assistant injured in a fall from height
A Church of England Junior Infants and Nursery School has been sentenced for a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act after an employee fell through the ceiling of the school hall, causing a major injury.
On 18 September 2019, a teaching assistant had accessed the loft space in the school and as they entered, they fell around four metres through the fragile ceiling which resulted in a broken back.
How did things go wrong?
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that when the teaching assistant was searching for a spare desk in the loft space, she fell due to the area being only partially boarded, meaning that the fragile ceiling gave way. This incident resulted in the victim suffering a broken back that left her in hospital for three weeks. She is still in recovery awaiting further operations.
What was the outcome?
The school pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
The school has been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £181 and £747.80 costs.
After the hearing, the HSE inspector: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices”
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