Two children have been treated in hospital for minor head injuries after concrete breeze blocks fell through a classroom ceiling in a Surrey school.
A full investigation is being carried out by Surrey County Council into the incident, which happened at Oatlands Infant School in Weybridge on October 21.
Treated for minor injuries
The pupils involved were both aged five and were treated for “minor injuries” at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.
School officials declined to comment on the accident, which saw South East Coast Ambulance Service paramedics treat the pupils at the scene before taking them to hospital.
Firefighters and police were also called to the scene amid reports that at least five falling breeze blocks had hit a number of children.
Surrey Police said that they were treating it as an “accidental incident” and that they had assisted the Health and Safety Executive and Surrey County Council at the scene.
According to one Weybridge resident who had a child at the school in 2013, a current parent told her that school officials had dealt with the matter “very well”, including an explanatory email minutes after it happened.
The breeze blocks are thought to have been part of a wall being built as part of a new classroom. They were hit by strong winds sweeping across the UK.
One parent, however, who wished to remain anonymous, said they were worried that building work was taking place during school hours.
Workers from Siac Builders worked on one of the school’s roofs during the day on Tuesday and were seen leaving the premises at about 6pm.
If you have been hurt in a workplace accident that wasn’t your fault, or even injured by falling masonry, contact the Accident Advice Helpline to find out whether you could make a claim.
Date Published: October 24, 2014
Author: David Brown