School fined after child sustains injuries after falling from climbing wall

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Subject: School fined after child sustains injuries after falling from climbing wall

A high school has been fined for safety failings after a 14 year old boy fell more than four metres from a climbing wall.

The child was one of four pupils selected to try their first ever climb during a P.E. lesson. After the climber grew tired, the instructor told him to let go of the climbing wall, which he did. However, instead of being supported by the teacher, he fell unrestrained over four metres and hit the safety mat on the floor. The pupil, now 15, suffered a fractured heel bone, which was later pinned and plated.

The school failed to have an adequate safety management system in place for lead-climbing, and the instructor was not competent to teach or supervise. As a result of causing the child accident they were fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £1,641 in costs.

For further information please see the following link:

http://press.hse.gov.uk/2013/rnn-e-02113/

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