£48k fine for Borders council

Scottish Borders Council has been fined almost £50,000 for a "serious failure" of health and safety after a school girl was almost strangled whilst operating a machine in her class.

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Scottish Borders Council expressed "unreserved apology"

Following the £48,000 fine handed to Scottish Borders Council following an accident at Galashiels Academy in November 2007, a spokesperson said:

"As stated in court, SBC has expressed its unreserved apology to the former Galashiels Academy pupil who was involved in the accident in 2007.

"The Council has accepted its responsibility, having made an early plea in court, and a full safety review of technical classes in all secondary schools was carried out immediately after the accident."

– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson

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Scottish Borders Council fined £48,000

Nadine Craig needed 40 stitched across her neck Credit: ITV News Border

Scottish Borders Council has been fined almost £50,000 for a "serious failure" of health and safety after a school girl was almost strangled whilst operating a machine in her class.

Nadine Craig, now aged 20, still bears the scars of the accident which happened six years ago.

Her scarf was dragged into a lathe while using a lathe at Galashiels Academy.

The sheriff in Selkirk criticised Scottish Borders Council for having done no risk assessment on the lathe. He reduced the level of the fine from £72,000 to £48,000 to take account of the council's guilty plea.

Nadine Craig has a huge scar across her neck from the accident Credit: ITV News Border
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