Girl falls from height while taking part in school climbing activity
Posted by Ben Alexander
Safety signs are important in any area that is being used for dangerous activities.
Recently, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) was censured for safety failings which led a pupil to fall from a climbing wall, suffering a fractured spine.
A 15-year-old girl was taking part in a PE class at The Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, a school owned by the Royal Navy's charity, The Greenwich Hospital.
The school admitted that the climbing wall and activities "were not suitable or sufficient so as to ensure that risks were reduced to the lowest level reasonably practicable".
The MOD has immunity from criminal prosecution as it is a crown body, but was censured by the Health and Safety Executive for its failings.
Heather Bryant, crown censure chair, HSE's divisional director, said: "HSE recognises that climbing walls can play an important part in the education of young people - and encourages schools to provide them - but it is essential that they follow industry guidance to ensure that pupils are not exposed to unnecessary risks.
"I am pleased that the school will be resuming the climbing wall activity in due course once the necessary precautions are in place."
HSE figures show that falls from height in workplaces caused over 4,000 major injuries in 2008/09, highlighting the need for safety signage.
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