Newham Borough Council has been in the news recently after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974. The Health and Safety Executive decided to take legal proceedings after a teenager suffered serious burns when methylated spirits were poured onto a cooking stove during a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition. The verdict that the accident could have been avoided if basic safety measures had been in place, emphasises the need for more care when applying health and safety regulations.
Following the prosecution of Newham Borough Council for a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, accident injury claims provider Accident Advice Helpline, has highlighted the need for local councils to take extra care in terms of accident prevention.
The council was found guilty of a serious breach of safety during a Duke of Edinburgh Award camping trip that involved a teenager suffering serious burns. The verdict that this accident could have been avoided with the application of some basic safety measures has led personal injury claim advice provider, Accident Advice Helpline, to urge councils to scrutinise their safety procedures for trips involving young people.
A spokesperson for the company said,
“Basic health and safety precautions should be the foundation of any trip organised not only by local councils, but also by schools and voluntary groups. Whilst accidents will always happen, formal procedures need to be adopted in the application of health and safety regulations in order to protect young people from suffering avoidable injuries”.
The Health and Safety Executive provide advice and support to groups planning a trip, stating on their website,
“HSE believes strongly in the educational value of well-planned visits and is a firm supporter of outdoor education.”
Accident Advice Helpline is available 24 hours a day for people thinking of making a non-fault accident claim. They offer personal injury claim advice to victims of a wide range of accidents and their helpline number is 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.