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Brentwood School case underlines need for proper training

Brentwood School case underlines need for proper training

15 August 2016

News last week of a school in Brentwood pleading guilty to a breach of health and safety regulations, after a worker was injured by falling from a roof, has served as a reminder of the importance of proper training.

In January 2014, a 63-year-old employee was working on the roof of a bay window at a residential flat within the school grounds. His foot became caught and he consequently fell almost three metres to the ground below. After being taken to hospital, he was found to have broken his collarbone and suffered chipped vertebrae.

No means of protection

The subsequent investigation by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that no effective guardrails or any other means of protection to prevent works from falling from the roof were in place, neither were there any supervisory arrangements and the work had not been carried out safely.

After pleading guilty to a breach of Work at Height Regulations, Brentwood School Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Brentwood, Essex, was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay almost £1,500 in costs.

Correct training can save lives

This unfortunate incident highlights the value of workers being provided with the proper training. Develop Training Ltd (DTL) offers Working at Height training courses for both operatives and supervisors - more information can be found here.

We've also published a handy eBook - 'The Pocket Guide to Working at Height' - download it free by clicking the button below and following the instructions.


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