Schools are filled with many types of dangerous but necessary equipment. Scissors, sharpeners, and playground equipment come to mind immediately, but one recent and tragic story shows how dangerous mobile folding tables can be.
In New Jersey, a seven-year-old boy was killed at soccer practice when the bench of a folding table came away from the wall where it was fastened. The 108-pound object struck the boy in head and killed him instantly. It’s not known whether the boy touched the table or bench when the accident occurred. The incident is still under investigation. The model involved in this incident folds into the wall and is held in place by a key, but when asked the superintendent didn’t know if the unit was locked at the time or not.
This isn’t the first time that folding tables have killed or injured students. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned schools about the dangers of some models of folding tables. The ones involved in this incident weren’t the ones they have warned about however.
When an injury or death happens at school, parents can feel helpless. The school system is supposed to help take care of their children. School officials have many of the same rights as parents. However, all is not lost. It is possible to receive compensation for the negligence of the school. Call the offices of Auger & Auger if you believe a school should be held responsible for injuring your child.