Defective play area costs council

Posted: 8th March 2012

Suffolk County Council has been ordered to pay compensation of £7,500 to a boy who was injured when he fell from a climbing frame in 2009.

Jamie Griffin, now 10, was using the climbing frame in the playground at Burton End Primary School in Haverhill when the accident happened. He fell off and hit his head on the concrete slabs surrounding tPlayground 2he equipment.
Initially doctors feared that he would not recover and when he did regain consciousness, he was temporarily blind. Remarkably, he was able to return to school after an absence of ten weeks.

Although he appears to have made a full recovery, Jamie does have an increased risk of developing epilepsy later in life.
Jamie’s mother brought his claim against Suffolk County Council on the ground that the climbing frame should have been surrounded by an impact absorbing surface. The £7,500 for his injuries will be held in trust for him until he is 18 years old.
The Council has also been fined as a result of the breach.