CHILDREN IN SCHOOL YARD WHEN VALE COUNCIL’S SCAFFOLDING COLLAPSED

The scaffolding collapsed onto the main outside entrance of the infants section of the school – into an area of the school yard where children play and where parents meet them after school

It’s now emerged that children were playing in the school yard at the time of Friday’s scaffolding collapse at the entrance to Albert Road Infants School – and that the adjacent property from which the scaffolding fell was owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council .

When the original  collapse occurred on Friday May 5th – as exclusively reported on PDN on Friday May 5th (see http://tinyurl.com/lwo6j8h)  – no comment could  be gleaned from the Vale Council .

A Swain scaffolding lorry was parked outside Albert School after Friday’s collapse. The property to which the three-storey scaffolding had been attached is immediately behind it

However it now transpires that it is the Vale Council which owns the property on which the work was being carried out and that it is the council – along with the contractors –  which will be answerable to the Health and Safety Executive which is investigating the incident.

It’s also now emerged that children were actually playing in the school yard when the scaffolding collapsed – something which had been denied earlier

A PDN Poster says “Originally I thought my wife and kids had walked through the gate but actually they were standing next to the gate waiting for it to be opened. The teacher/teaching assistant was late opening the gate apparently. Luckily this meant that there wasn’t anyone walking through at the time.”

“They saw the scaffolding swinging in the wind and one of the mums ran in to tell the school. Seconds later it came crashing down in front of my wife. There were kids playing in the front playground and a large rock/stone just missed a small child apparently.”

The scaffolding came down at the main entrance to Albert Primary School Penarth

The Vale of Glamorgan Council had claimed in a statement yesterday that “no pupils were in the vicinity at the time ” – but there is now considerable doubt about the council’s version of events.

The full statement from the Vale of Glamorgan Council read  On Friday May 5, scaffolding attached to a council owned property fell into the grounds of Albert Primary School. No pupils or staff were in the vicinity at the time. Representatives of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the school on the same day, as is their standard procedure.”

“The council’s building and maintenance and health and safety teams are now investigating the cause of the incident.Any damage to the school will be repaired as quickly as possible.”

Eyewitnesses now flatly contradict the Vale Council’s version of the accident. The school is continuing to operate normally but on Friday parents were advised to use a different entrance from normal when visiting the school.

 

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10 Responses to CHILDREN IN SCHOOL YARD WHEN VALE COUNCIL’S SCAFFOLDING COLLAPSED

  1. Windsor in my view says:

    Originally I thought my wife and kids had walked through the gate but actually they were standing next to the gate waiting for it to be opened. The teacher/teaching assistant was late opening the gate apparently. Luckily this meant that there wasn’t anyone walking through at the time.

    They saw the scaffolding swinging in the wind and one of the mums ran in to tell the school. Seconds later it came crashing down in front of my wife. There were kids playing in the front playground and a large rock/stone just missed a small child apparently.

  2. AK says:

    The manager responsible will probably get promoted to a better job, or allowed to retire on health grounds.

    That’s VOG’s usual cop out

  3. InSearchOfHonesty says:

    The Ombudsman should be asked to investigate Barry’s statement.

  4. Lucie says:

    What do you expect from our useless Council,who ever it is will end up working the NHS,and have a even big pension!The worse you do the higher you go in the NHS and the Council. FACT.

    • Colin Davies says:

      I’d love to see your evidence to back up that “FACT”

      • Lucie says:

        40years of working in the NHS you seen it all how people who are under performing,then the next time you see them they are a manger,ask anyone who works for the NHS.(Though we had freedom of speech.)

    • DRT Andrews says:

      Lucie, whoever you are, if that was not a wind up it is an offensive, mindless piece of rabble rousing.

  5. Spelunking! says:

    Surely the fault was the scaffolders who raised it. It’s not like the council members actually put it together themselves..

  6. Sarah JBW says:

    An interesting article about respondeat superior, vicarious liability and 3rd party contractors…http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/are-you-responsible-when-hiring-third-party-contractors/

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