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Almost half a million to council staff

Posted in: Public Place Accidents School Accidents Shoulder Injuries Workplace Injuries Workplace Slip 

In the last two years, just under half a million pounds of compensation has been paid out to East and West Sussex County Council staff. In 2012 and 2013, East and West Sussex County Councils paid-out £472,973 in compensation to injured employees

One payout of £23,000 by West Sussex County Council went to a teacher who slipped on a puddle in a school corridor, suffering serious ligament damage. A spokesperson from the WSCC said that the council did originally fight the claim, but the court ruled them responsible for the accident, and they were forced to pay compensation.

‘Thoroughly investigated’

Other payouts by the councils included compensation to a member of staff working for the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. The member of staff received £5,000 for a shoulder injury sustained when lifting a fence.  Another payout saw a staff member being paid £18,000 after being hit on the shoulder by an electric door. 

In total, in 2012 and 2013 WSCC paid £125,954 in compensation to staff, and East Sussex County Council (ESCC) paid £347,091. A spokesman from the ESCC said that all claims were “thoroughly investigated” before compensation was awarded. A spokeswoman from WSCC said: “As a large employer and an organisation with many buildings to operate, the county council will be on the receiving end of claims resulting from accidents at work.”

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