After an employee fell through a loft hatch, Wells Cathedral School was faced with fines and costs of £9,812 at South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates’ Court.
The accident arose after the worker was helping a colleague to prepare storage boxes in an attic. When attempting to leave the area, the worker stood on the hatch but it was not strong enough to take her weight and she fell 2.5m to the ground.
The court was told that the school had previously identified the risk and had given verbal warnings but did not take any preventive measures. After the event, the facilities department arranged for the hatch to be boarded over.