English Heritage accepts Crown Censure
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Published 12th March
English Heritage, the body responsible for around 400
historical sites across the country, has accepted a Crown Censure for
safety failings after a young boy was injured when a glass floor panel
broke at Yarmouth Castle on the Isle of Wight. This is the first Crown
Censure, the equivalent of a criminal prosecution, against English
Heritage since it was created 30 years ago.
When the 12 year old jumped on the glass viewing panel set
into the floor to show stonework beneath, it splintered, seriously
cutting his leg. The panel had been in place for many years and had
been walked on by thousands of visitors.
The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety
Executive which last month formally administered a Crown Censure of
English Heritage for ‘failing to take reasonable steps to protect
members of the public from risk’.
HSE found that the glass floor panel had broken because it was
not made of toughened or laminated glass. Furthermore, English Heritage
had not specifically assessed the risk of such glass floor panels
breaking at any of its properties since it was created in 1984,
although they had undertaken regular visual inspections to identify any
English Heritage took immediate action after the accident to
ensure other similar glass floor panels at its properties did not pose
further risks to visitors.
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