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Leeds City Council forced to pay out £1.2m in work accident compensation

Leeds City Council has been forced to pay out more than £1.2m in compensation to staff who have had accidents at work in the last five years.

Figures, which were collected by the Yorkshire Evening Post, show an average of more than one hundred staff each year have put in personal injury compensation claims since 2007.

A trip which caused multiple injuries proved the most costly for the council, with a fall which caused a serious back injury also brining in a similar sized bill.

The figures show that it wasn’t just accidents that caused the injuries though. Figures obtained under the Freedom for Information Act show that assault at work was one of the top five compensation claim types in the past five years.

From September 2007 to September 2012 a total of 534 employers put forward claims for compensation which left the council having to pay out a total of £1,248,518.

A spokesperson for the Leeds City Council said: “We are committed to maintaining a healthy and safe working environment for all our 29,000 staff.”

“We have detailed health and safety policies and performance standards in place for all working environments and carry out regular training.”

“All of which cannot always, unfortunately, prevent accidents from happening, but thankfully accidents are rare.”

If you have recently had a work accident and feel that it wasn’t your fault you could claim compensation. Call us today for a free no-obligation assessment of your case on 0800 1979 345.