Boy's skull fractured when goal tips over

BROOKE GARDINER
Last updated 05:00 26/03/2013

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Wakatipu High School is investigating how a pupil suffered a fractured skull when a goal frame fell on him.

Principal Steve Hall said the school was still gathering all of the facts but the accident had happened about 2.15pm on Friday.

A junior boy was playing on a football goal when it tipped over and fell on him, fracturing his skull, Mr Hall said.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Lakes District Hospital before being transferred to Southland Hospital.

"He has a fractured skull, but signs and prognosis are good and he is expected to be released home today."

The boy was not expected to return to school this week but was expected back after Easter.

"Our primary concern to date has been for the student and his family and we have been in contact with them throughout the weekend," Mr Hall said.

The family had requested privacy.

Mr Hall said the school had immediately secured all football goals by locking them up to a bigger metal post so they could not be moved.

In 2008, a heavy metal football goal fell on top of a 7-year-old Queenstown Primary School pupil, pinning her to the ground.

The girl had been swinging on the goal with a group of children when the goal fell and crushed her abdomen slicing her pancreas and duodenum in two.

About 10 centimetres of the child's intestines had to be removed.

The incident was investigated by the Labour Department.

A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment spokesman confirmed the ministry had yesterday started a preliminary inquiry into the accident at Wakatipu High School.

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