18 August 2008
Activity centre fined after child suffers injuries
An activity centre has been issued a fine following an incident in which a child sustained injuries, it has been revealed.
Kingswood Learning and Leisure - which runs ten outdoor educational centres in the UK - was ordered to pay £12,000 plus costs of £10,690 during a hearing at Cromer magistrates' court.
It had pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety legislation.
The accident happened in April 2007 when eight-year-old Mickey Carter-Browne fell six metres from a climbing wall.
As a result, he sustained a broken ankle and bruising to his upper leg, pelvis, left ankle and arms.
The youngster was forced to spend ten weeks in plaster and a further ten on crutches due to his injuries.
"This was an unfortunate incident which could have been prevented had the correct safety procedures been followed," stated Health and Safety Executive inspector Steve Gill.