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Football club faces charges over death of young boy

Posted in: Head & Brain Injuries Public Place Accidents Sporting Injuries Wrongful & Accidental Death 

Managers of a Powys football club have been accused of breaching health and safety laws after a goalpost fell and killed a 12-year-old boy.  Casey Breese from Powys had been playing with some friends on a Caersws recreational ground in July 2011, when a poorly secured metal goalpost fell and struck him on the head.

The case, which was brought to court by the Powys County Council, has been adjourned without a plea to Mold Crown Court on the 18th of October. The club will be prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for the death of Casey Breese.

Child injury statistics:

  • Unintentional injuries – such as road traffic accidents, drowning, burns and falls – are the leading cause of death for children and young people in the UK
  • Around 830,000 children under the age of 18 die every year as a result of an accidental injury
  • Unintentional injuries cause around 18% of all deaths among children and young people (more than half of these deaths (64%) are due to road traffic accidents)
  • Severe injuries result in thousands of hospital admissions for children and young people every year; with tens of millions of children requiring care for non-fatal injuries every year
  • School-age boys are one of the groups at highest risk of sustaining a personal injury

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