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How paediatric first aid courses help you become an effective child caregiver

11-05-2016

Photo shows a plaster being applied to a child

It’s not that curiosity is a bad thing that should be curtailed. No. Every parent and caregiver should nurture a child's innate curiosity. But instead of giving free rein to that curiosity, caregivers should temper that with vigilance and proper preparation, like taking up paediatric emergency f…

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Child loses fingertips in Rochdale park gate

14-07-2015

Photo shows the gate where the childs fingers were severedRochdale Metropolitan Borough Council was fined for safety failings after a child had two fingertips severed when they were trapped in a gate at a playpark designed for children under 11 years old.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard how the two-year-old boy trapped his fingers in an external gate …

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Chessington fined £150,000 for four-year-old girl's injuries

13-01-2015

Photo shows the gap in a fence where the four-year-old girl fellChessington World of Adventures has been sentenced for safety failings that led to a four-year-old girl suffering life-changing head injuries when she fell from a raised walkway while queuing for a ride.

The youngster, from Kent, fell nearly four metres while waiting in line for the Tomb Blaster ri…

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Leisure centre operator fined for child's chemical burns

11-12-2013

Photo shows the drain cover where the injuries were sustained

The operator of an Essex leisure centre has been fined after a two and a half year-old boy suffered severe burns in the changing area of the centre’s swimming pool.

The toddler’s father, who does not wish to be named, was walking him to the pool after getting him ready for his weekly swimming l…

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High school fined after pupil's climbing wall injury

10-06-2013

Photo shows the climbing wall at Manningtree High School where a child was injured

An Essex high school has been fined for safety failings after a 14-year-old boy fell more than four metres from a climbing wall.

The teenager was one of four pupils selected to try their first-ever 'lead climb', a more advanced, mainly rock-climbing technique, during a PE lesson at Manningtree Hi…

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Leeds City Council sentenced after toddler's injury

15-04-2013

Flagpole after falling and injuring toddler showing signs of decay

Leeds City Council has been fined for safety failings after it ignored warnings from its own staff about a rotting flagpole, which later collapsed and fractured the skull of a two-year-old girl.

The toddler had been playing in the park at Otley Memorial Garden with her mother on 31 March 2012 whe…

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Essex school fined over student injury

27-03-2012

A secondary school in Colchester has been prosecuted after a teenage boy was injured when a stack of timber board fell on him, causing severe injury to his ankle and foot.

On 3 March 2011, the 15 year-old student disturbed a pile of timber board which was stored in the main foyer of the school's …

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Owner fined for girl's fall from funfair ride in Birmingham

21-02-2012

A fairground owner from Nottingham has been sentenced after a 12-year-old girl injured her leg when she was thrown from a faulty ride in Birmingham.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard the girl fell about three metres through a gap in a barrier gate on the Tagada fairground ride at Star City, Birmin…

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Street light workman fined for injury to toddler

19-09-2011

A toddler was injured when part of a streetlight was dropped by a workman in Hackney as she was passing underneath, a court has heard.

One-year-old Taahyra Kasham was being pushed along a London street in her pram by her mother, when a reflector from a streetlight hit her on the head.

Street ligh…

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Five-year old boy dies in school playground in Tolworth

16-09-2011

A five year-old boy has died in a playground accident at a school in south-west London.

It is currently thought the boy fell from a climbing frame during lunchtime but there are no further details. Police are investigating and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

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Young people at work

12-08-2011

Following news of a child who suffered burns working on a farm, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides excellent advice for anyone employing young people.

"Young people, especially those new to the workplace, will encounter unfamiliar risks from the jobs they wil…

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15-year-old boy burned working on Cumbrian farm

12-08-2011

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), is investigating after a teenage boy was badly burned on a farm in Egremont.

Police said the 15-year-old boy was doing odd jobs at a farm when the incident happened on Monday night.

It is reported that the boy had burn injuries to his lower body and had been u…

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HSE launches consultation on safety in the adventure activities sector

29-06-2011

Outdoor activity providers, sports clubs and teachers are among those being asked for their views on proposals to change the health and safety requirements for young people's adventure activities.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stated that the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AAL…

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