A grandmother who was watching her grandson play football at a Derbyshire school is still recovering from her injuries after falling down some steps in November 2012.
The 68 year old grandmother from Shrewsbury lost her balance when moving from a wooden staircase to a stone one.
The fall caused her to break three neck bones, lacerate her scalp and damage her index finger.
The lady fell approximately two metres.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety News (HSE) revealed that there were handrails fitted to the wooden steps, the stone staircase had a 40 centimetre-high parapet running along the side of the stairs but no handrail.
The school pleaded guilty of breaching Regulation 4(1), contrary to Regulation 12(5), of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £534 in costs.
After the hearing, HSE Inspector Edward Walker said:
“This was a foreseeable incident which could easily have been avoided had reasonable measures, such as the fitting of guard rails, been taken.”
“Published guidance exists regarding appropriate edge protection and dimensions for handrails which the school could have used to identify the appropriate standard.”