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English Heritage accepts Crown Censure

15th January 2014 | Warning Signs

English Heritage, the national organisation in charge of protecting and promoting England’s historical sites, has accepted a Crown Censure after a 12-year-old boy was injured due to safety failings.

The organisation cannot be prosecuted like non-government bodies, so it has accepted a Crown Censure as the equivalent of a criminal prosecution.

The reason for the censure is that a 12-year-old boy was injured at Yarmouth Castle. The boy had jumped on a glass panel in the floor, installed so that the stonework below could be seen, and it splintered beneath him.

The boy suffered severe lacerations to his left leg, but has now recovered. The Health and Safety Executive found that the glass was not toughened or laminated, which was a safety failing.

English Heritage has since checked all its other glass floor panels, reinforcing them or installing warning signs where appropriate.

Stephen Williams, the head of the southern division of the HSE, chaired the Crown Censure meeting. He said: “the failings by the English Heritage were serious enough to warrant this course of action, and, in other circumstances, prosecution.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801682389-ADNFCR


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