burned in school explosion
10-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital suffering from "significant"
burns after a chemical explosion at her school.
crews were called to Swanage Middle School, Dorset, at about 1630 GMT on
The pupil, who was taking part in an experiment at an
after-school science club, was transferred to the burns unit at
Salisbury District Hospital.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it has
begun an investigation.
The girl was treated at the scene by paramedics for
burns to her hand and arm before being airlifted to Dorset County
Hospital in Dorchester.
=93 The pupils should be praised for their calm and
sensible response to the accident =94
Dave Pratten, head teacher
She was then transferred to the specialist burns unit
at Salisbury District Hospital where she remained
A spokesman for Dorset Police said that the girl's
injuries were "significant" but not believed to be
Crews from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service spent an
hour making the classroom safe following a fire caused by the ignition
A spokeswoman for Dorset Fire and Rescue confirmed
they had received reports that an explosion had occurred in the science
Dave Pratten, head teacher of Swanage Middle School,
said: "Our thoughts are with her and her family and we wish her a speedy
"I would also like to thank the school staff who
administered appropriate first aid and those who helped ensure that
other pupils were safely evacuated from the laboratory.
pupils who were in school at the time should be praised for their calm
and sensible response to the accident.
safety of our pupils is paramount, and we will carry out a thorough
investigation into the circumstances of the accident."
from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2009/11/12 11:44:15 GMT