Health & Safety Executive prosecutes special school charity

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Trafford magistrates’ court has convicted Birtenshaw, a charity which runs Birtenshaw School (a non-maintained special school) in Bolton, after a nine-year-old boy lost a finger when his hand became trapped in a school door.

The Health & Safety Executive made the decision to prosecute after an investigation found that the charity had failed to ensure all the doors at its new special needs school were fitted with finger guards.

Birtenshaw received a conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £898 in costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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