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Accidents at Work Cost Council £1.2 Million in Compensation

Accidents at work have forced Leeds County Council to pay out over £1.2 Million in compensation, to employees injured over the last five year period.

The Yorkshire Evening Post is reporting that on average, one hundred personal injury claims have been made against the council, every year since 2007.

The figures which were obtained by the newspaper under a Freedom of Information Request show that a worker who fell and suffered serious back injuries and a worker who was physically assaulted while going about his duties, received two of the largest payouts.

The most expensive claim however, went to an employee who suffered multiple injuries after he tripped, he was awarded £150,000 in compensation.

Amongst the other 534 claims, which cost the council a total of £1,248,518 from September 2007 to September 2012, was the case of a council employee who received £21,000 when defective machinery caused him a shoulder injury and another employee who suffered a broken arm was awarded £38,000.

A spokesperson for the council stated that accidents at work were relatively rare amongst council workers in the area, given the fact that Leeds County Council employed over 29,000 staff.

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