£2m paid-out by council to injured staff
Posted: May 31, 2014
Posted in: Repetitive Strain Injury Workplace Injuries Workplace Slip
Leicester City Council has paid out £2million in compensation to injured staff members over the last five years. Figures released by the council showed that a total of 151 claims had been settled with injured employees since 2006. This cost the council around £700,000, and a total of £1.23 million in legal fees. The council said that all of the individual claims were fully investigated before payouts were made to employees.
Injuries that received compensation from the authority included injured backs caused by heavy lifting, repetitive strain injuries, injuries suffered from slips, trips and falls, injuries caused by faulty equipment and those sustained as a result of falling objects and excessive noise exposure. One particular member of staff received £700 after being bitten by a small animal, while another employee received £40,000 for stress-related problems.
“Injured employees should get compensation”
The figures also highlighted that since 2009, a total of 63 claims have been rejected by the city council. One of the payouts went to an employee who suffered an electric shock on a piece of faulty equipment and received £25,000 in compensation. Another worker won £16,000 after slipping on a bag that was hanging on the back of a chair.
City council Unison representative, Gary Garner, said: “Where there is negligence it is right injured employees should get compensation.”
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