Child seriously injured on school trip

English Heritage has accepted a Crown Censure after a 12-year-old boy was badly injured when a glass floor panel broke during a visit to a castle in Yarmouth.

A Crown Censure is the maximum sanction for a government body that HSE can bring. There is no financial penalty, but a record of failing to meet legal standards.

The boy and his friends were jumping on the glass floor panel when it splintered into shards causing the boy severe lacerations to his leg. After a Health and Safety investigation, it was found the glass floor panel was not made of toughened or laminated glass. It was also noted that English Heritage had not assessed the risk of glass floor panels breaking since it was created in 1984.

The HSE investigation praised English Heritage after it took immediate action to prevent a similar accident on glass floor panels at other public sites.

Swain & Co welcome the fact that prompt action was taken it is worrying that risks associated with glass panels had not been assessed for about 30 years.