Bradford Council has been fined after caretaker’s injury 5 days before retirement

Bradford Council has been fined for breaching safety regulations after a school caretaker was left with permanent disabilities when he fell through the school hall ceiling five days before his retirement.

The hole from the roof void where Mr O’Hanlon fell at the former Beckfoot School in BradfordDavid O’Hanlon, 62, was putting a new light bulb in a roof void of the old Beckfoot School in Bingley so he could empty it safely before demolition. In doing so he stepped on to an unboarded area that gave way beneath him, and fell four metres through the ceiling into the hall below.

Mr O’Hanlon, of Bingley, suffered a fractured hip that required three screws, and a broken heel. He is likely to need a hip replacement and further surgery on his heel to add plates and screws. He has also been told he will suffer from severe arthritis and will not regain full mobility. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-yh-19112.htm?eban=rss-