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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 technology department. This caused the stack which weighed 300 kilogrammes, to fall forward, knocking him down and trapping his foot.

The teenager from Colchester suffered a complex fracture to his left ankle and foot which may leave him with permanent damage.

The Gilberd School pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,258.50.


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