Leicester City Council recently released figures that revealed 151 council worker claims have been settled with employees for a variety of incidents suffered at work since 2009. The total compensation figure paid on these incidents was a little over £700,000. The individual compensation amounts varied from hundreds of pounds to thousands, depending on the severity and nature of the injury or accident experienced.
A variety of situations led to council worker claims, such as repetitive strain injuries, falls and injuries caused by using equipment that was not fit for the task. One worker received £700 after receiving an animal bite during the course of their work. Another suffered stress and successfully made a claim that resulted in £40,000 in compensation being paid. A third employee received a payout of £25,000 after receiving an electric shock from faulty equipment in a care home.
Injuries that can occur at work
Most workplaces, including council workplaces, are very safe and secure to work at, but there is a potential for accidents to occur in certain situations. Every employer must fully meet their duty of care to each and every one of their employees. If this doesn’t happen and an injury results, there may be cause to claim for compensation.
As we have seen above, there are all kinds of hazards that could potentially crop up. For example excessive noise can lead to hearing loss if the proper protective equipment is not supplied, or is supplied but is in poor or inadequate condition. Poorly maintained workplaces could potentially lead to slips and trips of all kinds.
Source: Leicester Mercury