David Springett, fifty four years old, had been working with a colleague on performing some re-cladding when he fell from an un-guarded platform and plummeted nearly two metres to the ground below. Mr Springett had been working as the Shenfield High School caretaker at the time of his injuries, according to personal injury compensation experts.
Mr. Springett sustained serious injuries in the fall which included a severely broken arm and two broken ribs. The fifty four year old’s arm injuries were so severe that he needed a metal plate and surgical screws implanted to facilitate his recovery.
Th Government’s Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation shortly after the incident, discovering that there had been no guard rails on the platform Mr Springett had been working on. Moreover, HSE investigators also found that there had been no safety mechanism in place on the platform to prevent falls from height.
Shenfield High School, located in Shenfield, on Alexander Lane, was assessed a fine of £6,500 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act following a hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court. The school was also ordered to pay more than £2,200 in court costs as well.
One HSE inspector spoke out after the court hearing, remarking that the incident could have been quite easily avoided if only the school had done its duty to provide its employees with a work platform that was adequately guarded.
According to official statistics, falls from height are one of the larges causes of serious personal injuries at work, accounting for nearly 4,000 severe injuries and 12 fatalities in 2010 alone.