Laura Sharman 22 January 2021

Council fined for death of girl following playground collapse

Council fined for death of girl following playground collapse image

A council in London has been fined £330,000 after a five-year-old girl died when playground equipment collapsed on top of her.

In 2015, Alexia Walenkaki died as a result of a head injury which was caused when a rope suspended from a wooden post collapsed on top of her.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council failed to carry out an annual playground safety check at Mile End Park. It also found the post was made from unsuitable wood that had decayed.

The council pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and was fined £330,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,204.

HSE inspector, Stephron Baker Holmes, said: ‘Those who provide play equipment should ensure it is safe for children. The lack of a suitable playground inspection in the period leading up to this incident has resulted in tragic consequences.’

Will Tuckley, chief executive of Tower Hamlets Council, said: ‘We are deeply sorry for our part in Alexia’s death and our thoughts continue to be with her family.

‘Following Alexia’s death, we immediately made urgent safety checks of equipment at all council-run play facilities and have brought in a more rigorous system for inspecting and maintaining park play equipment.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Lawyer (Safeguarding Children)

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£45834 - £48819 per annum
Are you an experienced childcare Lawyer with local government experience and looking for variety and challenge?The jobGreenwich Legal Services is comm England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Lawyer (Planning & Highways)

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£40869 - £43860 per annum
Are you a Planning & Highways Lawyer with local government experience and looking for variety and challenge?The jobGreenwich Legal Services is committ England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Regeneration Projects Manager

South Gloucestershire Council
£47,778 - £52,120
This is an exciting opportunity to lead comprehensive town centre regeneration programmes, specifically for... Gloucestershire
Recuriter: South Gloucestershire Council

Senior Lawyer, Regeneration & Property

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£45834 - £48819 per annum
Are you a Senior Regeneration & Property Lawyer with local government experience and looking for variety and challenge?Royal Greenwich is proud to be England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Job Evaluation & Research Officer

Birmingham City Council
£27,741 - £34,728
2 x Job Evaluation & Research Officers will be supporting the Senior Job Evaluation & Research Officer and Reward & Recognition Manager. Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue