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Climbing wall accident leads to prosecution for school

20th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

The injury of a PE equipment manager at a school in Bradford has led to prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Thornton Grammar School has been fined following the incident, which "could have been prevented," according to HSE inspector Geoff Fletcher.

Stephen Painter was rigging a climbing wall in preparation for a lesson. This involved him climbing up to secure the ropes to the wall, which he was assisted with by a fellow member of staff belaying him on the ground.

Unfortunately, Mr Painter fell and the belaying proved to be ineffective. He hit the mats below after a nine-metre drop, which led to him breaking a forearm and elbow, fracturing two vertebrae and biting through his tongue.

The school pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, due to it not having provided a safe system of work for Mr Painter. It was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £7,500 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801695608-ADNFCR


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