A request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 has revealed that a council has paid out more than £1 million in compensation claims over the last five years.
Since 2007, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has paid compensation to a number of employees who suffered injuries at work. This included several claims for workplace accidents.
A cleaner who tripped over a mop won £9,128 in damages. The 61-year-old stumbled over the handle of the mop and pulled a groin muscle. In another claim, a water sports instructor, 25, slipped on a jetty at a country park and received £14,000 for his injuries.
In a third accident, a 53-year-old tripped over the leg of a dining table and won £14,452 in compensation for the injury sustained.
A number of road workers who suffered injuries resulting from the use of vibrating machinery have received damages totalling more than £184,000.
The Council also paid out more than £25,000 to workers who had suffered hearing damage as a result of excessive workplace noise.
Like all employers, councils have a duty to protect their employees from reasonably foreseeable accidents and risks to health in the workplace. They are required to carry out risk assessments and have health and safety policies in place.
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