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Essex high school fined for safety failings

10th June 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

An Essex high school has been fined for safety failings following an injury suffered by a 14-year-old.

The pupil was one of four pupils selected to attempt their first-ever lead climb, which is a more advanced rock-climbing technique during a PE lesson at Manningtree High School on October 17th.

HSE inspector Glyn Davies said: “Inexperienced pupils receiving climbing instruction during PE lessons are completely reliant for their safety on the competence of their climbing instructor and the adequacy of the school's safety management system.”

Mr Davies added that people were let down by the school’s failure to ensure the climbing activity was completed safely.

Manningtree High School, of Colchester Road, Manningtree, was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £1,641 in costs after pleading guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for failing to properly protect pupils against the risk of falls.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801596817-ADNFCR


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