School kid to pursue compensation?

A secondary school student could pursue a personal injury compensation claim after being hurt.

The 15-year-old sustained injuries to his ankle and foot after a stack of timber boards fell down on him and, as a result of the seriousness of the ailment, the damage could be permanent.

After completing a thorough investigation into the incident, the Health and Safety Executive decided to fine Gilberd School in Colchester £9,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

HSE inspector Toni Drury stated: "There was a genuine risk to pupils and staff and the outcome of this incident could have been very different."

She added a simple risk assessment would have prevented the accident from occurring as it would have found that storing wood in this manner was unacceptable.

Ms Drury continued by saying it is the responsibility of employers to think about how heavy items should be stored.

Posted by Emily SwansonADNFCR-1500-ID-801325044-ADNFCR

23/03/2012 13:04