An Essex school has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a worker was injured as he fell from a roof.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how a maintenance team was working to replace components on a bay window of a residential flat within the school grounds. A 63-year-old employee was working on the roof of the bay window when his foot caught and he fell 2.6 metres to the ground below. He was taken to hospital and was found to have suffered injuries, including a broken collarbone and chipped vertebrae.

An investigation by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that there were no effective guardrails or any other means of protection to prevent workers from falling from the roof. In addition, there were no supervisory arrangements and the work was not carried out in a safe manner.

The school pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £1,477 in costs.