Students can be adventurous, experimenting with their physical abilities or chemicals in labs. Couple that with distracted teachers and administrators, faulty equipment or a lack of understanding of safe procedures, and accidents can happen on school grounds. In 2014, the Utah Department of Health reported that the accidents happen most commonly on the playground for elementary students and during physical education and sports for high schoolers.
Accidents and Injuries
When it comes to playgrounds, the most common type of accident resulting in a trip to the emergency room is a fall, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital. The most common scenario involves a fall from a climbing structure, swing or slide that results in a broken bone for a 5- to 12-year-old child. A lesser injury may involve a sprain, bruise or cuts. High school students, while experiencing fewer accidents, sustain most of their school injuries on the playing field or in physical education class, according to the Utah Department of Health. Physical accidents, such as a ball or fellow player hitting a player’s chest too hard, can occasionally cause cardiac arrest. More common accidents include slips, trips or other hits that result in sprains and strains, contusions, broken bones and lacerations. In the chemistry lab, missing or poor safety procedures allow accidents that can injure or burn students.
- Utah Department of Health: Student Injuries
- Nationwide Children's Hospital: Playground Safety
- University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus: National High-School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study
- CNN Health: After Freak Accidents, Parents Renew Call for School Defibrillators
- Scientific American: Danger in School Labs: Accidents Haunt Experimental Science
- Chemical and Engineering News: School Labs Go Under Microscope
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