Essex councils are reported to have paid out over £1.7million in compensation for accidents that happened at work.
In total, £1,744,742 is reported to have been paid out by Colchester, Tendring, Braintree, Maldon and Essex County Councils as a result of compensation claims. The figure was revealed by the Chelmsford Weekly News, after they made a Freedom of Information Request.
The figure relates to claims made against the authorities in the period between 2006 and 2012. Unsurprisingly, Essex County Council (who employs the most staff) paid out the most for accident at work claims. Maldon District Council on the other hand, had no claims made against it during the period same period.
A spokesperson for Maldon District Council told the paper that they treat the health and safety of staff as extremely important, with regular assessments and training where necessary. They also concluded that this commitment to a safe working environment has contributed to the lack of claims made against them in the last six years.