Liberton High School Fatal Accident Inquiry Determination: City of Edinburgh Council Statement

Edinburgh's Executive Director of Communities and Families responds to the publication of the determination for the Liberton Fatal Accident Inquiry.

Alistair Gaw, Executive Director of Communities and Families, said: “Once again on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council I want to express our deepest sympathies to Keane’s family for their tragic loss.

“Having now received the determination from Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen we note her conclusion that there were no reasonable precautions that could have been taken to avoid the accident which resulted in Keane’s death.

“She further finds that the maintenance and inspection regime at Liberton High School complied with statutory requirements and that there was a comprehensive understanding of the fault reporting system among staff.

“The determination also states that the Council had taken all reasonably practicable measures to ensure that the wall was inspected and maintained.

“We note the recommendation regarding the potential risks from free standing walls. Immediately after the incident in 2014 the Council removed similar free standing walls in its schools and subsequently safety advice was issued by the Scottish Government advising all local authorities of the risks regarding these walls.

“Our overriding priority is always the safety of pupils and staff and we want to ensure nothing like this tragic event ever happens again.”

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