Child taken to hospital after play equipment collapses at Hazeldene School

Hazeldene School
Hazeldene School. Image: Google, Streetview (Jul 2016)

A child has been taken to hospital after play equipment at Hazeldene School in Bedford collapsed yesterday afternoon (25 Apr).

A large wooden pole fell as children were playing on the equipment causing the injuries.

A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Trust said: “We treated three children injured in an accident at Hazeldene School yesterday afternoon.

“After treating them at the scene we transported one to Bedford Hospital by road.

“The air ambulance was alerted but the child was taken to hospital by road and their injuries were not traumatic.”

While exact details of how the play equipment collapse occurred are not yet known, parents have told the Bedford Independent that the school only allows three children on the equipment at one time.

Parents also say they believe they were not being monitored but the school denies this.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said: “We have been made aware that a piece of playground equipment broke while children were playing on it yesterday.

“The Council’s Health and Safety Team will be supporting the school in reviewing the circumstances of this accident.”

Helen Ward, Head Teacher at Hazeldene School said “A piece of playground equipment broke yesterday while pupils were playing on it.

“Parents were immediately informed and paramedics were in attendance. Several children suffered scrapes and bruises, and one child was taken to hospital as a precaution and was sent home last night.

“Incidents like this should never happen. We are taking it very seriously and will be carrying out a full investigation in conjunction with the Council’s Health and Safety Team.”

This is an updated version of a story that corrects some earlier inaccuracies.
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