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£25,000 fine over worker death

Moor Park Charitable Trust has been fined £25,000 after an inexperienced building worker was killed while demolishing a wooden classroom at a top boarding school.

Mark Evans, 40, of Ludlow, Shropshire, was suffocated when a 2.4t roof fell in on him while working at Moor Park School.

Four other men survived without serious injury due to a dumper outside the building, the chance position of which created an escape route.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted Moor Park Charitable Trust, which runs the £15,000-per-annum school, after an investigation showed that the inexperienced workers had no effective plans in place to carry out the work.

They had removed key supports within the building’s structure, which cause the roof to collapse.

HSE inspector Nic Rigby said: “This awful event and the prosecution of the school must send a very clear message to all those who commission construction or demolition work.

“It must be properly planned and carried out by those with the experience and competence to do so.”

Moor Park School, of Moor Park, Ludlow, admitted breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and told to pay £15,000 in costs.

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