Redbridge Council pays £100,000 compensation for accidents and injuries in schools
Redbridge Council has paid out almost £100,000 in compensation for accidents at schools, new figures show.
A freedom of information request by the Employment Law Advisory Service found 61 claims were lodged and £99,735 awarded in the last five years – one of the highest payouts in London.
Bromley Council, by contrast, did not have to pay a penny but Enfield Council had 18 successful claims that cost £144,000.
Details of the cases were not released but accidents at schools across London caused fractured bones, severed fingers and injuries from unsafe classroom and sports equipment.
A Redbridge Council spokesman said the figures covered compensation for children, teachers, parents and visitors.
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He added: “We have looked into our numbers and do not believe that we have a greater amount of claims for children in schools than any other borough.
“We monitor all schools carefully, and if any issues were highlighted we would take the required action immediately.”
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More than 1,000 people in London were paid a total £1,609,291 for accidents at schools caused by “basic health and safety failings”.
Wayne Dunning, a health and safety consultant for the Employment Law Advisory Service said: “Health and safety is not being managed properly in the education sector and this is costing taxpayers millions, not only in direct compensation, but also additional hidden costs from administration.”