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Common Causes Of School Accidents

Schools are supposed to be safe environments for the children as well as for the staff members.  But unfortunately they are not always as safe as we expect them to be.  There are numerous factors which can lead to accidents in schools and injuries to children.  Although schools take safety measures and have strict rules and regulations, there are times when children do get involved in accidents.  Sometimes, these accidents are no one’s fault.  But sometimes, they occur out of negligence.

If your child has been injured in a school accident and if it occurred due to someone’s negligence, you may be able to make school accident claims.

Accidents in schools can take place due to many reasons.  Here’s a look at some of the common causes of school accidents.

Class related accidents

Home economics kitchens, wood shop facilities and science labs present a number of risks of injury to children.  It is important that children who make use of these facilities are adequately trained so they do not get involved in accidents.  Teachers must ensure that children are aware of safety procedures and know how to make use of classroom materials safely.  In addition, there must be first aid supplies and eye wash stations so students can receive immediate attention in the event of an accident or injury.

Slips and trips

Schools must be kept tidy, clean and well maintained.  There must be an effective cleaning regime in place as well as a good management system to minimise the risks of slips and trips.  Wet flooring, slippery surfaces, uneven surfaces, raised carpets and mats and obstacles on the floors are some of the major causes of slips and trips in schools.

Playground accidents

Accidents in playgrounds can be caused in a variety of ways.  They can occur due to faulty equipment or through violent behaviour during sporting activities.  Even contact sports such as football and rugby can a certain degree of risk of injury.


Although schools have strict rules to prevent fights among students, sometimes they do occur.  When students engage in violence against one another, they sustain injuries and harm.

Making A Claim

If your child has sustained injuries whilst in school, you must consider bringing a school accident claim.

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