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The parents of a two-year-old girl who fractured her skull could seek compensation from Leeds City Council.
A 5.5 metre-high flagpole in Otley Memorial Garden had been rotting for some time, and the Council had received warnings about the potential danger from its own members of staff.
Following an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the council pleaded guilty to breaching safety legislation. The youngster suffered a broken foot in addition to her head injury and she may need continuing checks at the hospital for several years to come.
HSE inspector Julian Franklin said the accident was easily preventable, as the large wooden structure had a clearly rotting base and the Council had been advised on the matter several times.
"The Council fell well below the standards expected and failed in its duties to maintain buildings and structures under its control in a safe condition. On this occasion, a young girl was seriously injured, rather than killed," he commented.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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