Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that Angelina Lawson suffered neck injuries in the accident whilst removing droppings from a shelf in an aviary. The ladder she was using had been retrieved from a skip where it was placed after it was found to have a fault. However, there was no labelling on it to warn against its use. She was working at a height of 2.5 metres. The ladder collapsed beneath her and she fell.
The Zoological Society of London, which runs the zoo in Regent’s Park, admitted two breaches of the HSWA 1974. It was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 in costs.
In delivering his sentence, District Judge Richard Blake said: “Ms Lawson had not received any training with regard to the use of ladders during her four years of employment. The lack of that training was a direct cause of the accident.”
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