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High school fined after pupil's climbing wall injury

Photo shows the climbing wall at Manningtree High School where a child was injured

An Essex high school has been fined for safety failings after a 14-year-old boy fell more than four metres from a climbing wall.

The teenager was one of four pupils selected to try their first-ever 'lead climb', a more advanced, mainly rock-climbing technique, during a PE lesson at Manningtree Hi…

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West Yorkshire council in court after caretaker's injury

The hole from the roof void where Mr OHanlon fell at the former Beckfoot School in BradfordBradford Council has been fined for breaching safety regulations after a school caretaker was left with permanent disabilities when he fell through the school hall ceiling five days before his retirement.

David O'Hanlon, 62, was putting a new light bulb in a roof void of the old Beckfoot Scho…

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Fraudsters collude to trick independent school

Two men colluded with each other to commit fraud by falsifying a record stating that a school in Abingdon had been properly cleaned of asbestos.

The "unusual fraud" was confirmed by detective work by one of the men’s employers using GPS tracking technology on the employee’s company van.


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Safety failings led to asbestos exposure at Dorset school

The unsafe removal of asbestos insulation boards at a large independent school in Dorset led to several people being exposed to asbestos fibres, Dorchester Crown Court heard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Sherborne School and Peter Eldridge, the director of a company responsibl…

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Essex school fined over student injury

A secondary school in Colchester has been prosecuted after a teenage boy was injured when a stack of timber board fell on him, causing severe injury to his ankle and foot.

On 3 March 2011, the 15 year-old student disturbed a pile of timber board which was stored in the main foyer of the school's …

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Wells Cathedral School fined after loft hatch fall

Wells Cathedral School has been fined after one of its employees fell two and half metres through a loft hatch, breaking a shoulder blade and hitting her head.

South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates' Court heard that on 29 July 2011, the member of school staff had gone into an attic space next to…

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Five-year old boy dies in school playground in Tolworth

A five year-old boy has died in a playground accident at a school in south-west London.

It is currently thought the boy fell from a climbing frame during lunchtime but there are no further details. Police are investigating and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

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Essex school fined over caretaker injury

Shenfield High 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 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 need…

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Derbyshire pupils hurt following hose burst

Emergency services were called to Noel Baker School, in Alvaston on Wednesday after a hydraulic hose burst, spraying children and a teacher with fluid.

Five children were taken to hospital for treatment for skin and eye irritation. Paramedics treated others at the scene.

Health and Safety News - 24 November 2010

Food firm fined after worker injured

An international frozen food company has been fined after a worker was injured by the moving blades of an industrial freezer.

Safety drive across West Yorkshire businesses bring dangers to light

More than 70 firms across West Yorkshire have been told to …

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Health and Safety News - 4 November 2010

Manufacturer fined over accident

Elmatic (Cardiff) Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an accident left a worker with a broken wrist. The manufacturer has been fined £8,000.

Teacher fined over pupil roof fall

John Summerfield, 65, a headteacher who took a group of sixth-form…

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