Birmingham Council 'has awarded £5m for accidents at work since 2007'

Accidents at work have resulted in a local authority awarding nearly £5 million in personal injury compensation to employees since 2007, it has emerged.

Birmingham City Council has settled 274 separate damages claims with members of staff over the course of the last five years, figures obtained in a freedom of information request by the Birmingham Mail have revealed.

Incidents such as slipping and tripping, issues in training sessions and exposure to asbestos were among the primary reasons behind these compensation grants, with 128 claims being made last year alone.

For instance, a settlement of more than £36,000 was awarded to a man who came into contact with asbestos in his line of work in June 2011, while around £11,000 was granted to a professional who suffered with a hand-arm vibration condition.

Meanwhile, the average figure paid out between April and December last year was found to be in excess of £3,700.

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23/04/2012 16:47