Somerset

Wells Cathedral new guard rails recommended after bell tower fall

  • 20 August 2014
  • From the section Somerset
Helicopter above Wells Cathedral
Image caption The woman was winched aboard an RAF rescue helicopter after falling during a cathedral tour

Better guard rails should be installed at Wells Cathedral after a woman fell 20ft (6m) during a tour in April, a report has recommended.

Mendip District Council said its investigation found no breach of health and safety rules when the woman became trapped in a void in the bell tower.

The report recommends a review of tour group sizes, the ratio of guides to visitors and the presence of children.

High parts tours of the cathedral have not been reinstated since the incident.

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