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Safety review after ceiling tile falls on pupil

Oxgangs Primary School Image copyright PA
Image caption Concerns were first raised when a wall collapsed at Oxgangs Primary School in January 2016

Inspections are to be carried out at 17 schools in Edinburgh after a ceiling tile fell on a girl at Oxgangs Primary.

The school is the same one where nine tonnes of masonry fell from a wall in 2016 prompting a Scotland-wide review of building projects.

Head teacher Liz Walshe said the tile fell, causing a number of others and part of a ceiling frame to collapse, as an After School Club came to an end.

Checks later revealed that hangers used to suspend the tile were missing.

The child was unharmed in the incident.

The City of Edinburgh Council said inspections were being carried out as a precaution on all of the schools funded through the public private finance initiative.

'Light weight'

The schools were all previously forced to close and undergo remedial work amid concerns about the quality of construction in the wake of the 2016 wall collapse at Oxgangs.

A subsequent review by architect Prof John Cole found that it was just "a matter of timing and luck" that no children were killed or injured at Oxgangs.

In a letter to parents following the incident earlier this week, Ms Walshe said: "You may be aware that after school yesterday, while the After School Club were in the general purpose room, a light-weight ceiling tile fell on one of our pupils.

"Thankfully she was unharmed. As the children and staff were preparing to leave the room a small number of similar ceiling tiles and part of the frame of the suspended ceiling fell."

Image caption Inspections were carried out on schools across Scotland in the wake of the Oxgangs collapse

Ms Walshe added: "Officers from the council and our PPP provider have identified that some of the hangers that suspend the ceiling were missing and this fault has now been rectified.

"Checks have shown no other hangers are missing in the room and it is safe to use."

A spokesman for the local authority said checks would be carried out on the 17 schools and were likely to be concluded by the middle of next week.

In a statement, the council said: "We take the health and safety of our pupils and staff extremely seriously so both the council and our PPP1 provider are carrying out immediate checks on other ceiling tiles in the school.

"The lightweight tile fell from a suspended ceiling in the corner of the room and the pupil was not injured."

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