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Bexley has some of the safest schools in London, accident compensation figures show

PUBLISHED: 10:33 21 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:33 21 January 2014

Bexley has some of the safest schools in London, according to health and safety experts.

A freedom of information request by the Employment Law Advisory Service found there has been just one successful compensation claim for accidents in the borough for five years.

Bexley Council paid out more than £19,236 but they did not reveal what the money was for.

In total, more than 1,000 people in London were paid £1,609,291 for accidents at schools caused by “basic health and safety failings”.

The only place with a better record than Bexley was Bromley Council, which 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.

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.”

A Bexley Council spokesman said the health and safety team works with schools to control hazards and do risk management work.

She added: “This is good news for Bexley and more importantly the pupils, staff and visitors to our schools.”

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