Subject: Child sustains child injury and is left with severe burns in leisure centre
It has been reported that a two and a half year old boy suffered severe burns in the changing area of a leisure centre.
The child’s Father was walking him to the pool after getting him ready for his weekly swimming lesson when he slipped on to his bottom on a recently cleaned drain cover.
The drain had been cleaned with a cleaner containing sodium hydroxide – a highly corrosive chemical also known as caustic soda or lye. The chemical burnt through the toddler’s swimming shorts and swim nappy and left him with third degree burns to his buttocks and back. He was immediately taken to hospital, where he stayed for 10 days with his family to receive emergency medical treatment including a skin graft.
The company was fined £45,000 with costs of £20,746 for causing a child accident.
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