New figures released reveal that £45,000 compensation was paid out to pupils injured in schools in South Wales.
The figures published in the South Wales Echo show that between 2007 and 2010, £45,000 was paid to pupils who were involved in accidents in school or on school property.
Example cases involve a child who fell on broken steps, and a child who tripped over a gate fixing. They were awarded £3,000 and £1,850 compensation respectively. Other prominent cases include a child receiving £4,000 after his finger was caught in a door, and a child who was awarded £2,000 after a table that had been stacked up, fell on top of them.
These figures were discovered by the newspaper after making numerous freedom of information requests to councils in the region. Cardiff Council was responsible for paying out the most compensation, with a total of nearly £18,000. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council paid out £11,950, whilst Caerphilly Council awarded £10,250 to injured pupils. Finally, Vale of Glamorgan Council paid out £5,000 and Merthyr Tydfil Council was the only organisation to not have to pay compensation over the period.
These figures for school accident compensation in the South Wales region are relatively low. This, the newspaper reports, is down to council’s ensuring health and safety is followed in schools.