St Albans Magistrates’ Court has fined a Hertfordshire school a total of £50,000, and ordered to pay £90,693 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting, told the court that a 13 year old school pupil was injured after playing on a swing in the school playground. The swing collapsed due to a rotten wooden frame. The pupil suffered spinal injuries and permanent paralysis.
The incident occurred in September 2011.
After the case was heard, Alison Ashworth from the HSE said : “This case shows how important it is that schools and other providers of play equipment maintain them in a safe condition. This tragic accident could have been avoided had the school implemented the findings of its own risk assessment.”