When you send your children to school, you expect them not just to learn, but also to be safe. The school management, teachers, and students should create and maintain an environment that is conducive for learning and free from accidents and injuries.
According to the website of Ravid & Associates, P.C., those who have been negligent and have caused the injury of someone else, like a child in a school, may be held liable. But what exactly are the accidents that may cause harm to students?
Defective Equipment: Air conditioners, chairs, desks, gym and playground equipment, are just some of the school equipment that can be defective and cause accidents. Designers, manufacturers, and maintenance providers of school equipment should make sure that their products are in top condition to avoid malfunctions and injuries.
Door Accidents: Everybody in school premises will go through doors at one point, and that puts them at risk of door accidents, such as those that involve the abrupt opening and closing of doors. The best way to prevent this is by having an orderly classroom and installing door safety measures, such as finger guards.
Food Poisoning: Not all accidents are violent, because sometimes they can come in a subtler form like food poisoning. School cafeterias and everybody else responsible for providing food for the students should ensure the cleanliness and quality of their meals.
Slipping, Tripping, and Falling: A child doesn’t have to be overly active to slip, trip, or fall. Spilled substances that are not cleaned immediately can make a student slip. Unnecessary obstructions like opened cabinets can trip a student. Defective stairs and unattended holes can make a student fall. The key to prevent this kind of accidents is the proper maintenance of facilities.
Sports Injuries: Sports accidents can happen because of legitimate errors, but they can also occur because of the negligence of another party, like when the school management has failed to provide safety gears or when the teacher has disregarded safety procedures.