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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 needed a three-inch metal plate and multiple metal screws inserted into a broken arm, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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

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