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Council Pays £4.9 Million Compensation to Employees Injured at Work

Birmingham City Council has paid out millions of pounds in compensation over the last five years, to council employees injured at work.

The Birmingham Mail newspaper is reporting that 274 compensation claims were made against the council in the last five year period, which resulted in £4.9 million being paid in accident at work compensation.

The figures which were made available under a freedom of information request showed that Birmingham City Council paid out more in compensation than any other council in the United Kingdom.

Payments included £1,750 paid to an overweight council employee who was injured when a toilet collapsed another received £1,100 for a broken big toe and £3,250 was paid to a council employee who tripped on a faulty pathway.

Other claims included £5,200 for an employee who was injured when a chair collapsed and over a million pounds was awarded to eight Birmingham council workers who had been exposed to deadly asbestos fibres.

A spokesperson for the council stated that the figures only represented between 0.5 and 0.3 percent of the total work force, as the council employed between 48,000 and 55,000 individuals during the five year period in question.

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