Six-year-old boy, bought to school because of the strikes, taken to hospital after science lab explosion

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The GMB has called for school governors to act after a six-year-old boy, bought to school because of yesterday’s strikes, was hurt in an explosion in a science laboratory.

A 35-year-old science teacher at Hazeley Academy in Milton Keynes was also injured in the incident, that took place as she rehearsed an experiment involving a flammable substance.

The teacher was air-lifted to hospital and is described as ‘comfortable’ while the boy, the child of another staff member, escaped with minor injuries and was later discharged.

The incident came just days after Prime Minister David Cameron told people to take their children to work if their schools were closed. The Hazeley Academy was closed yesterday to everyone except sixth form because of strikes.

GMB organiser Richard O’Leary, who represents support staff at the school said: “This terrible explosion shows David Cameron’s approach to both health and safety at work and to protest strikes by two million workers is glib, complacent and out of touch with the real world.

“Health and Safety in any workplace is a very serious issue and accidents with serious consequences can happen at any time unless proper risk assessments are done and the necessary safety procedures are adhered to. This applies in a school as much as any workplace as this unfortunate incident shows.

“Unless there is progress in the talks on pensions there are likely to be further days of stoppages. In these circumstances it is essential that the governors of this academy and other schools in the area set out strict guidelines on employees bringing their children to work with them when there is industrial action in other schools.”

The union has called on school governors to put in place strict guidelines on employees bringing their children to work with them when there is industrial action in other schools.

The school and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating the incident.


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