Accidents in schools

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This morning I braced myself as I read the following article; I was expecting another piece of propaganda, an expression of fury reference the alleged "compensation culture" in which we live.

I was pleasantly surprised. The article was balanced, albeit it evoked a raft of pretty strong opinions!

Comment from the Health and Safety experts Employment Law Advisory Service (ELAS) included a statement from their Health & Safety consultant, Wayne Dunning: "'These figures are shocking and clearly not enough is being done to protect children in schools from what are, in the main, preventable accidents.

That is entirely the point.  So many are up in arms about monies paid out in compensation.  But in most cases these accidents are preventable by ensuring proper inspection and maintenance procedures and, in particular, ensuring that staff are properly trained. It really is quite simple.  And don't forget, if everything is tickedy boo, then a claim will not succeed. 

Yes accidents do happen.  But, these are our children.  Surely this is not too much to ask?

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