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Girls’ school fined after teacher seriously injured in fall from height

On 9 May 2016 a teacher was rigging and adjusting spotlights and cabling in the school drama studio of Queen Elizabeth Girls’ School, North London,…

On 9 May 2016 a teacher was rigging and adjusting spotlights and cabling in the school drama studio of Queen Elizabeth Girls’ School, North London, when he fell from a stepladder. The teacher was knocked unconscious and suffered multiple fractures to the skull, wrist and elbow as a result of the impact.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that the defendant had not adequately risk assessed work at height for its drama studio and it had failed to provide sufficient training for work at height. A health and safety e-learning tool available for teachers and other staff to use, which included a module on work at height, was only made mandatory after the incident.

The school pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 6(3) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005, was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay full prosecution costs.

The case highlights the importance to account for every building room individually when conducting risk assessments and training.

You can find out more about this case on the HSE website.