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Bromley has the safest schools in London, accident compensation figures show

PUBLISHED: 10:09 21 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:09 21 January 2014

Bromley has the safest schools in London, according to health and safety experts.

A freedom of information request by the Employment Law Advisory Service found there have been no successful compensation claims for accidents in the borough for five years.

Although more than 1,000 people in London were paid a total £1,609,291 for accidents at schools caused by “basic health and safety failings”, Bromley Council did not have to pay a penny.

Enfield Council, by contrast, had 18 successful claims that cost £144,000.

Accidents at school include fractured bones, severed fingers and injuries from unsafe classroom and sports equipment.

Bromley was the only region to record no successful claims during the five-year period.

Wayne Dunning, a health and safety consultant for the Employment Law Advisory Service said: “Health and safety is not being managed properly in the education sector and this is costing taxpayers millions, not only in direct compensation, but also additional hidden costs from administration.”

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