School Safety Failings

Canterbury Crown Court has fined a School in Canterbury, for safety failings at a summer activity camp which lead to a seven year old boy struggling during a scheduled swim and becoming motionless after over three minutes.

Whilst taking part in a scheduled swim, the lifeguards noticed he was in trouble and retrieved him. He regained consciousness after CPR but did develop pneumonitis as a result of the incident.

During an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 1 August 2014, found that the lifeguards were not effectively managed and monitored to ensure that they were constantly vigilant. Two out of the three lifeguards did not hold a current, in date lifeguard qualification

St Edmunds School Canterbury, of St Thomas Hill, Canterbury, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9669.19.