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Over £500,000 has been paid to members of staff at a local authority in the Midlands following compensation claims made over a five-year period.
Northampton County Council granted more than half a million pounds to employees due to injuries sustained during accidents at work between April 2006 and March 2011, data obtained through a freedom of information request has revealed.
Around 20 per cent of the total handed out in compensation went to a school employee who received £100,000 after being hit on the knee by a pupil with a piece of wood.
Meanwhile, among the 50 other legal claims lodged during this period included a sum of £7,500 granted to a female employee who sustained a back injury when she missed her chair when attempting to sit down.
Another person settled her claim with a compensation payment of £12,000 after suffering a soft tissue injury when some pots and pans fell on top of her when she opened a cupboard at her place of work.
Furthermore, £11,125 was awarded to a professional who was knocked over when a shutter door suddenly sprung open.
An individual was awarded some £5,500 for a spinal injury after being provided with a uniform that did not fit correctly, while another worker received £200 after being affected by a large splinter in their hand.
The council has insisted that all compensation settlements are made only after each individual case has undergone a "rigorous assessment process".
Indeed, a spokesman from the local authority stated that all claims are "robustly checked" prior to any decision being made on damages sums, but added that being as it has around 18,000 employees, accidents will inevitably happen sometimes.
"What we try to do with our health and safety policies and our staff training is minimise the risks of accidents happening. We also have procedures in place if things do go wrong to ensure any lessons are learned," he added.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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