English Heritage has accepted a Crown Censure, which is equivalent to a criminal prosecution, after a 12-year-old boy was badly cut when a glass floor panel broke whilst visiting Yarmouth castle on the Isle of Wight.
The boy jumped on a glass viewing panel after his friends and brother did the same.
The panel had also been walked on by thousands of other people, before suddenly shattering and cutting the boys left leg.
He ended up needing two operations for the injuries but has since recovered.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reviewed the incident, which happened on 5th September 2011, and today gave English Heritage the Crown Censure for failing to take reasonable steps to protect members of the public from risk.
HSE found the panel was not made of toughed or laminated glass and that English Heritage had not assessed the risk of the glass floor panels breaking, at Yarmouth castle or any of their properties since 1984.
There had, however, been regular visual inspections.
This is the first censure recorded against English Heritage in 30 years.
Video. The long awaited visitor centre at Stonehenge is nearing completion. £27 million has been spent on transforming the setting of the ancient stones and generally improving the experience for the thousands of visitors who visit the site each year.
It is the largest project undertaken by English Heritage and today, they revealed just what the public will be getting for their money. Our reporter Robert Murphy was given a preview.
A cold-war nuclear bunker, buried beneath a park in Gravesend, has been given Listed Building status by English Heritage. The Civil Defence Bunker would have been used as a communications centre in the event of a Soviet attack, and was fully functional between 1954 and 1968.
David Johns has been to see it, and speaks to volunteer Naj Lehl, Melanie Norris from Gravesham Borough Council, and volunteer Sam Willoughby.
No part of Stonehenge will close while work continues to build the new visitor centre which will open at the end of 2013.
Once the new visitor building is up and running, work will start on removing the existing outdated facilities, building a small, security ‘hub’, tucked into the landscape and the car park will be grassed over.
The restoration of the landscape near the monument will be well underway by summer 2014.