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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    West Midlands Police officers compensated for accidents at work

    By David Brown on September 9, 2014

    West Midlands Police officers compensated for accidents at work

    A total of £600,000 has been paid to just 26 West Midlands Police officers who filed personal injury claims for a series of bizarre accidents.

    Over the last year, a police officer claimed for compensation after being hit by a colleague’s baton whilst the other officer was trying to break a car window. Another case saw an officer claim for being hit by a car park barrier and several officers complained of being hurt during personal safety training. Five officers shared a total of £173,500 for tripping and falling at work and two officers received payouts for sustaining dog bites at work. Two officers filed claims for injuries after moving furniture and three officers slipped on wet floors. In addition, an officer received a cash payout for suffering from an asbestos-related disease.

    The Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police has stated that, although the number of compensation claims appears to be high, the force has seen a reduction of 7.5% in work-related accidents over the last year and has a health and safety policy in place to prevent accidents. A workplace health and safety policy is a legal requirement and can prevent serious injuries relating to work activities.

    Health and safety at work

    The Health and Safety at Work Act states that every employer must conduct risk assessments to identify the potential hazards of work activities and to control these hazards. This could be by providing adequate training to workers like the West Midland Police force, or it could be by providing appropriate personal protective equipment. Training such as manual handling can help to prevent injuries when moving heavy objects and providing adequate clothing can prevent severe injuries in the workplace. If there has been an accident at work and you were injured, there may have been someone else at fault. If there is evidence of this, you may be entitled to compensation.

    Claiming for personal injury compensation

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation cases where there has been an accident that was the fault of someone else. This can include an accident at work where you were an employee or contractor. We offer a no win, no fee* policy which will enable you to pursue your case without getting into financial difficulty. Call our free 24-hour helpline to discuss your case with our team or take our 30-second online test for a quick quote. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.

    Source: Daily Mail

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    Date Published: September 9, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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