Over half a million paid out by police force
Posted: August 25, 2014
Posted in: asbestos Criminal Injury and Assault Faulty Work Equipment Public Liability Workplace Injuries
A total of £589,000 has been paid out in compensation and legal fees by West Midlands Police in 2013/14. Among the 26 personal injury claims made against the force, officers injured during personal safety training exercises made up three of the successful claims. On top of this, other successful claimants included those who had injured themselves moving furniture, tripping in a hole in the office floor and falling from a faulty office chair.
Of the half a million paid out, £328,100 was paid in compensation, and £260,900 was paid to cover legal costs. The figures did reveal, however, that accidents involving officers had actually dropped by 7.5% in the past year.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said: “We are responsible for our employees when they are on duty and when we fall short of meeting that responsibility, they are entitled to protection under the law and seek redress through the courts.”
Successful claims in 2013/14 included:
- Three slips on wet floors
- Three injured in personal safety training
- Two injured while loading/unloading vehicles
- Two injured by dog bites
- Two injured while moving furniture
- One asbestos-related disease
- One slip on ice
- One injured during armed raid
- One injured from defective taser
Since 2010, the force has made cuts of £126m. On top of this, it is expected to make savings of £23m in the current financial year.
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