Flintshire schools see over 2,000 accidents and incidents

There were 2,302 accident and incident report forms filled out in Flintshire schools over the last school year, figures from The Leader have revealed.

This is a fall of around 800 when compared to numbers from the previous academic year.

Overall, 290 of these incidents involved employees who were injured at work, with 2,012 relating to pupils. Most of the incidents involving pupils (1,339) occurred in primary schools, while 473 involved secondary school pupils and 198 involving pupils in special schools. Conversely, special schools saw the highest number of incidents involving employees (144), compared with 44 in high schools and 104 in primary schools.

Most incidents involving pupils fell under the umbrella of slips, trips, falls, followed by collisions with other people and collisions with stationary or fixed objects. Most employee incidents were verbal or physical assaults, followed by slips, trips and falls, and collisions with flying, falling or moving objects.

Pupils typically developed aches, pains, scratches and grazes, while teachers sustained bruises, aches, pains, sprains, strains, and redness.

Some of the health and safety strategies identified by schools are taking part in that the report – which was discussed by the Lifelong Learning Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Flintshire Council – include asbestos inspections, training, cleaning, and safety inspections.

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