Fairfield High in Bristol today received plaudits for the accuracy of its overall risk assessment after it was revealed a pupil had been hospitalised after falling six stories from a stairwell balcony, suffering significant trauma to the brain. The initial safety assessment, carried out in 2006, stated that the school “did not believe a death could occur from a fall but suggested a serious injury was possible”.
Carole Reid from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said “We’re all very quick to judge when these guys get things wrong, but credit where it’s due – this time they got it spot on.”
Suzanne Murphy, headteacher at Fairfield High said “This is recognition for all our hard work. We tested this particular stairwell by dropping watermelons the size of a child’s head from each storey, and only when we were satisfied that at least three quarters remained intact on the majority of occasions did we remove the safety rail.”
The school is now eagerly anticipating the results of its latest risk assessment, which is looking at the feasibility of keeping a tiger in the gymnasium.