Full investigation into Fairlop Waters accident where boy’s leg ‘cut to the bone’ has still not started

A full investigation has still not been started into a horrific accident at Fairlop Waters Activity Centre in which a schoolboy’s leg was “cut to the bone” by a boat propeller.

The 11-year-old was raft-building with his classmates from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, in Chingford, on July 17, when his shoelaces were reportedly caught in the propeller of a patrol boat being operated by staff at the centre in Forest Road, Barkingside.

Nine months on, Redbridge Council and the government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have not resolved the question of who should investigate.

A council spokesman said local health and safety officers were continuing with “preliminary investigation work” until HSE determines who is responsible for the investigation.

The centre is operated by Vision.

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