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Inadequate health and safety signage leads to woman's ceiling fall

21st October 2010 | Health and Safety Signs, Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

Inadequate warning signs were part of what led to a woman falling eight ft onto a concrete floor at a hotel in Bristol.

According to, the 50-year-old woman was working on a contractual basis at a Marriott hotel in the city. After unwittingly stepping on a hatch, she fell, fracturing her vertebrae and heel.

The news provider reported that Bristol Magistrates Court heard from prosecutor Kate Burnham that the space was not risk assessed, while an analysis of the incident by Bristol City Council's public health team found that substandard warning signs were in place.

The hotel chain pleaded guilty to neglecting its duty and was fined £15,000.

In its defence, representatives from the chain explained they had a health and safety budget of £1.8 million, with Rachel Simmons, chair of the bench, acknowledging the incident was an "isolated lapse".


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