According to figures acquired by the East Anglian Daily Times, Essex County Council paid £222,137 to settle claims for compensation for school pupil accidents between 2008 and 2010 .
These school accident compensation settlements – which were revealed under a Freedom of Information request – are comprised of seventeen successful claims for students injured at school during the three year period – with a number of compensation claims for student accidents still outstanding from 2011 and 2012.
Among the highest settlements of claims for compensation for school pupil accidents:
• £30,544 for a school pupil injury due to tripping on a step
• £28,972 for a child who injured his face on a school window ledge
• £27,780 for a slipping on a school floor
• Separate settlements of £24,650 and £23,580 in respect of claims for a student falling from school climbing equipment
Essex County Councillor, Julie Young, said that, due to the figures, some parents might be worried by the number of injuries sustained by students in the county´s schools – and insisted more should be done to improve the Essex schools health and safety standards. In relation to the compensation for school pupil accidents in Essex she stated “It is my understanding the council offers training but I question whether there is enough analysis done. I think more needs to be done.”
A Essex County Council spokesperson commented “Essex County Council takes its health, safety and wellbeing responsibilities seriously and is committed to complying with its legal, moral and financial obligations”.