Council awards £4.6k compensation to employee

An instance of slipping and tripping has resulted in a local authority granting a personal injury compensation award of £4,600 to a member of staff.

That is according to the Wokingham Times, which has reported that the employee took legal action against Wokingham Borough Council following an accident at work.

This forms part of 29 such incidents occurring among members of staff at the body between January 2008 and the corresponding month this year, figures obtained by the news source show.

Falling on uneven floors and slipping on wet surfaces were among the primary reasons behind these incidents, while the safety hazards caused by snow and ice also played a major role.

Meanwhile, 14 of these accidents were reported to the Health and Safety Executive, while three involved serious injuries such as broken bones.

This comes after Jill Joyce, senior policy and technical advisor at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, stated that slipping and tripping costs businesses in the UK a total of £520 million every year.

Posted by Emily Swanson

12/08/2011 16:53