Can children’s school ties really do them an injury?

A child trying to take off his school tie.
Choking on a tie which is too tight and getting a tie caught in equipment are two risks.

There are any number of potentially perilous pitfalls when it comes to making it through the school day unscathed. Whether you’re a teacher looking to avoid serious accidents at work or a pupil concerned with scuffles in the playground, embarrassing slips, trips and falls or complicated equipment, it can be a minefield to negotiate.

One area where there is no official concern, however, is with school ties. Despite numerous reports to the contrary, there has never been any legislative directive handed down to schools declaring the need for all traditional ties to be swapped for clip on alternatives.

The Health and Safety Executive moved to nullify this particular rumour as far back as 2009, encouraging parents to do a little research into the subject themselves.

Essentially, whilst many schools were indeed issuing edicts requesting parents to swap their children’s ties for clip-on alternatives, these actions were not directed by, and have no basis in, the law.

Can my child suffer a personal injury whilst at school?

That is not to say, however, that there are no associated risks with wearing a tie. The two main areas of concern are:

–  Choking on a tie which is too tight

–  Getting the tie caught in equipment being used in a science or technology lesson.

These threats are dealt with largely through common sense. Parents are encouraged to help their children practice doing their ties before they start school while, they are tucked into shirts or removed altogether for certain activities.

The conclusion, then, is that whilst a child’s school tie could potentially cause them an injury, there is no legal cause to change for a clip-on version.

Of course, accidents, whether they be car crashes, injuries at work or public slips and falls, are an unfortunate, yet unavoidable aspect of everyday life.

It is always worth remembering that in cases were the accident was not your fault, accident compensation may well be due.

A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone service can soon establish the strength of your injury compensation claim, as a team of experts offer useful advice.

Championed by Esther Rantzen, they have over 10 years’ experience in personal injury claims and are usually able to bring cases to a conclusion without the stress and pressure of a court appearance.

From a car crash claim to public injury compensation, they are there every step of the way.

So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

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