School fined after pupil was crushed under timber
A secondary school in Colchester, Essex has been fined after a student sustained personal injuries when he was crushed by a stack of falling timber boards.
The 15-year-old pupil had been walking through the technology department of his school when he accidently disturbed a 300kg pile of boards, causing them to fall on top of him and trap his foot.
The teenager sustained severe personal injuries in the incident, including fractures to his left foot and ankle.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the school had failed to carry out an adequate risk assessment of the storage area.
The school admitted to a breach of the Health and Safety Act at Colchester Magistrates' Court. It was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £4,258.50 in court costs.
Speaking after the hearing an HSE inspector commented that the accident could easily have been avoided had the correct risk assessments been carried out.
It has not yet been reported whether the injury victim will pursue a claim for compensation.