Schools can be very busy places, filled with hundreds of students rushing around, trying to get to the lessons. As a result of this some schools, particularly older schools, are in some need of repair, requiring maintenance work to be completed to ensure the structure of the building is entirely safe.
Though schools are very important and usually they are well maintained, there are always limits on school budgets and the amount of work they can have carried out, which sometimes means problems do not get fixed right away. This in turn can lead to students being involved in an accident, receiving, for example, school play injuries from the stage or set not being entirely safe.
Causes of school injuries
There are many causes of accidents in schools, given that they are busy places filled with young adults and children who may not always act maturely. Though there are many causes of accidents, only those accidents that are considered to be someone else’s fault might be eligible for a compensation claim. These kinds of accident include:
- Part of the building or structure becoming unstable and not being well maintained by the school. A good example of this is a weak stage that could collapse with too many performers on it, which has happened a number of times in various schools around the world
- Teachers not supervising children when they are using dangerous equipment, such as science equipment or the tools and machinery in woodwork, for example. It is the responsibility of the teacher to not only train their students how to use these things safely but also to supervise them while they use it
- Machinery and/or equipment not being well maintained and kept in full working condition, therefore becoming unsafe to use. Again this falls to the responsibility of the school.
Avoiding school injuries
School play injuries are just one example of school injuries that can easily be avoided if those responsible for running schools ensure that their buildings and the structures therein, along with all machinery and equipment, are well maintained and entirely safe to use.
Closing off any sections of the school considered unsafe or dangerous and having these repaired, while also repairing or replacing any equipment that is not deemed safe is very important.
If your child suffered school play injuries due to a stage collapse or something similar, contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: October 24, 2015
Author: Rob Steen