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Football club in court for health and safety breaches

Posted in: Public Liability Sporting Injuries 

Caersws Football Club is to attend court after a goalpost fell and killed a 12-year-old boy. Nine of the football club’s officials are due to attend the hearing at Mold Crown Court next year, having been accused of breaching health and safety regulations.

12-year-old Casey Breese had been playing football with friends when the incident occurred in July 2011.  One of the metal goalposts at the Caersws recreational ground fell and struck him: the injuries from which killed him

Caersws Football Club, based near Newton in Powys, is to be prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 following the tragic incident.  The hearing at Mold Crown Court has been adjourned to the 9th of January without a plea being entered.  The judge Niclas Parry, brought by Powys council, agreed to adjourn the case, saying that a full plea and case management hearing would take place in January.

Deaths from child accidents [Nov 2012]:

  • Total number of deaths due to accidents of children and young people (birth to 14 years old) in England and Wales is constantly declining
  • However, children are still dying from preventable accidents – in 2011 143 children died of preventable accidents, 68 of which were children under five
  • The accident rate of children varies in different regions, with the West Midlands, North West, East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber dealing with a higher-than average death rate
  • The England average is around 2.7 deaths from accidents per 100,000 children

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