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HSE warns schools after pupil is injured on work experience
Date Listed: 15/09/2009
Schools across the West Midlands are being warned to make sure that full health and safety checks are carried out before pupils head out on work experience, following the prosecution of a Stafford company.
Deansfield High School in Wolverhampton employed Making Learning Work Ltd of Brewood, Stafford in 2005 to locate extended work experience placements for 32 pupils at a cost of £650 each.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was given one year’s conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £22,000 at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court, following an injury to a pupil on a placement in January 2006.
The court heard that a 14-year-old student was placed at R&B Motor Services, a garage owned by Harjinder Kumar. The school was led to believe that Making Learning Work Ltd would carry out a full health and safety audit and risk assessment prior to the pupil starting work at the garage.
However, the checks failed to take place and the teenager was almost exclusively supervised by one employee who spoke very little English. During a petrol draining operation the teenager sustained a burn injury to his left hand.
At a previous hearing Mr Kumar had pleaded guilty to a health and safety offence and was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs.
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