Pupil payouts due to H&S failings
Posted by Tracy Seward
Greater Manchester pupils injured in schools because of “basic health and safety failings” over five years have received more than £1.5m in compensation.
The county saw 255 successful claims for personal injury against schools, a total exceeding those for Greater London and Birmingham together.
Manchester saw most of the successful claims, totalling 190 and amounting to £943,848. Among the city’s payouts were playground slips and trips, fingers trapped indoors and behind radiators, falls from climbing frames, and accidents involving defective school gear.
Bolton was responsible for 14 successful claims for which there was a total payout of £150,881, and £49,146 was the cost to Rochdale of eight successful ones, with Salford’s successful seven amounting to £103,223.
The Freedom of Information request figures also showed that Oldham paid £41,920 for seven claims, Stockport £89,245 for ten claims and Trafford £19,250 for six claims.
There were eight successful claims against Tameside which paid £84,792, 15 claims against Wigan which paid out £108,699, with Bury paying £48,337 although the council did not reveal the number of claims involved.
Employment Law Advisory Service, based in Eccles, obtained the figures.
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