Probe after school caterer is injured by ceiling fall

Glendinning Primary School, Galashiels.
Glendinning Primary School, Galashiels.

AN INQUIRY is under way after part of the ceiling of a school kitchen in Galashiels collapsed, injuring a member of the catering staff.

The incident occurred on Monday at Glendinning Terrace Primary, one of the older school buildings in the region. The school has a pupil roll, currently around 70, far below its capacity of 125.

TheSouthern understands the injured woman was Pauline McEwen who required stitches to a head wound.

A spokesman for SBC said: “The member of staff was hurt in the incident and taken to hospital with a head injury. She received treatment and returned home on Monday night. She will remain off work for at least seven days.”

No children were injured, though the area is occasionally used by pupils for cooking instruction. It is thought that some refurbishment work had recently taken place.

The spokesman went on: “Wellbeing and safety advisers attended the school with building maintenance inspectors who carried out a full inspection of the whole school on Monday night to confirm the building is safe. The school opened as normal on Tuesday.

“A full incident report is being compiled and the situation is continuing to be investigated. The cause of the incident is unknown at the moment.”

He added that lunches for Glendinning pupils were being provided from Langlee Primary in Galashiels “until the situation is resolved”.