Broken limbs and head injuries caused by sledging accidents in the snow

An unusual site at Recreation Road School this morning. Brightly coloured sledges stacked up against the school fence at morning drop off. An unusual site at Recreation Road School this morning. Brightly coloured sledges stacked up against the school fence at morning drop off.

Sunday, January 20, 2013
7:37 PM

Sledge accidents have caused broken limbs and head injuries requiring hospital treatment, according to ambulance crews who were called to about a dozen such incidents in the region this weekend.

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None were believed to involve life-threatening injuries, but some children and adults suffered broken limbs or head injuries, according to the East of England Ambulance Service.

The service urged people to play safely in the snow. and said they would enjoy it more if they did so safely and without the risk of ending up in hospital with an injury.

A spokesman said: “People should ensure they are well wrapped up and that they wear padded clothes such as snow jackets and trousers and, if appropriate, safety gear so that even if they come off they do so without too much risk of injury.

“Even on a fast downhill run they should always feel in control while sledging. The fun really isn’t worth it if you wind up with a painful injury in A&E.”

5 comments

  • Yes a normal IQ and some common sense if you cannot see the reasons why some schools have to close. Take this evening-how many people will be stranded and put in a muddle by the assorted bus companies pulling their buses , especially the X1? Now say there was the same amount of snow and drifting tomorrow between 11am and 3pm when the children were expecting to be taken home by school bus or their parents were expecting to be able to get a bus from their place of work in order to collect their kids. And the bus companies pulled the buses. That would be lots of fun for everyone don't you think? . Sick of this teacher bashing.It is not just teachers not being able to get to work, or icy playgrounds, it is the consideration of whether kids can get home at the end of the day. Not all children live within walking distance of schools. We rarely get snow for many days in a row and it is better that kids are safe than not.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Both Morello and Daisy Roots make valid points here. As a nation we do not know how to deal with the snow, possibly because it comes for such a short period each year. If the schools were more chilled about letting children take risks. They could walk to school on ice and the school can pass them into the informal care of trusted adults whilst parents deal with the points raised by Daisy. There are services which can not be put on hold because it is inclement, what do we do about them declaring their work too hazardous. This does raise issues for parents who have to take time off work to care for children. I do not think of school as a child minding service, but what is wrong with declaring school partially open for snow days for that very purpose? Many schools have virtual learning environments can these be utilised to set 'homework' on genuine snow days?

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    George Ezekial

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • so, the schools close up, apparently due too health and safety but its all right to sledge at the school., or am i missing something here

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    morello

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Daisy roots I can see your point,the other side of the coin!

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    foxey

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Daisy Roots - a poor point poorly made. It is surely not beyond the means of schools and bus companies to keep in regular contact throughout the day. I am sure that if the bus companies and teachers got a significant bonus for operating and opening, there would be no school closures. Instead, their decisions inconvenience the rest of us who do make the slight extra effort needed.

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    AE

    Monday, January 21, 2013

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