MORE than 2,000 ‘accidents and incidents’ took place in Flintshire schools last year – nearly 800 fewer than in the previous academic year.
A total of 2,302 accident and incident report forms were filled out between September last year and August for situations including physical assaults on teachers, fractures and injuries caused by flying objects.
In total, 2,012 of the incidents related to pupils, while 290 reports referred to employees.
In the case of pupils, by far the most incidents occurred in primary schools (1,339) with 475 incidents involving secondary school pupils and 198 reports dealing with special schools.
Employees were most likely to be involved with an incident or accident in special schools (144), with 104 in primary schools and 41 in high schools.
The total number of accidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations was 104.
Out of these, three were considered major injuries, four were classed as ‘over seven day’ injuries and 95 saw people taken directly to hospital from the scene for treatment.
However, according to a report to be discussed by members of Flintshire Council’s lifelong learning overview and scrutiny committee tomorrow, the number of accidents and incidents has decreased from the previous academic year, where 3,093 incidents were reported.
For pupils, the most common types of incident are given as “slips, trips, falls, collision with person, or coming into contact with something fixed or stationary”.
For employees, the most common incidents are given as “physical or verbal assaults, slips, trips, falls and being hit by moving, falling or flying objects”.
In terms of injuries, pupils are most likely to be reported with aches and pains, scratches and grazes while employees are most likely to have “bruising, aches and pains, sprains and strains and localised redness”.
The report lists a number of initiatives currently in place which are aimed at helping improve health and safety in schools.
These include safety inspections, training, asbestos inspections and cleaning.