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Case 25 - Conflicting health and safety advice about a proposal to construct a pond on school property

Issue

A Chair of Governors at a primary school received conflicting health and safety advice about a proposal to construct a pond on school property, so children could 'pond dip' whilst supervised as part of their studies. This included advice that if trespassers were injured in the pond, the school would be liable, even if warning notices were displayed.

Panel decision

There is no health and safety regulation preventing a school from constructing a pond. It appears that issues of civil liability and health and safety have become confused in this case.

2012-08-14