9 December 2015
It has been reported that a boy of 14 has suffered life threatening injuries after being hit in the head by shot put during a PE lesson at school.
The incident took place at The Judd School in Tonbridge last June. Although the school in question had a risk assessment in place, it had not been adhered to.
A story in the Sevenoaks Chronicle stated the HSE fined the school £10,000 for not implementing the correct health and safety measures that could have prevented the boy’s injuries.
Although the boy is now back at school, he has experienced a horrifying incident that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
PE is a vital part of school curriculum, however there are health and safety risks associated with a number of sports activities. Schools are legally obliged to take appropriate and reasonable measures to prevent these accidents happening.
These measures not only apply to sports lessons, but when a pupil has been taking part in any activity (leisure or otherwise) at school or nursery. If you or your child have been injured under similar circumstances, you may be able to pursue a personal injury compensation claim.