Surrey police pay out £250k to injured workers
Posted: July 10, 2015
Posted in: Falls from Heights Repetitive Strain Injury Workplace Injuries
New figures have revealed that the Surrey Police Force has paid out over £250,000 in compensation for work place injuries in the past seven years. The figures, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, show that since 2008, both officers and civilian staff have claimed for injuries including falls and electric shocks.
It was revealed that a total of £271,207.14 was paid out for injuries in relation to a total of 46 claims. The largest claim was made in December 2011 when an employee claimed for developing repetitive strain injuries in both of their arms, elbows and wrists, winning a total compensation payment of £40,000.
‘£450 after suffering an electric shock’
2013 saw some other large payouts, with £35,000 going to an employee after tripping on loose cabling that had been fitted in 2011. Another officer was awarded £12,774 for an injury sustained during a training exercise.
The lowest payout was recorded in 2010, which saw an officer win £450 after suffering an electric shock from a vending machine at work.
Surrey Police refused to comment on any of the claims.
According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures, 25% of all major accidents reported in the Police service between 2005/06 and 2009/10 were slip, trip and fall injuries, followed by 22% being physical assaults and 18% being handling injuries. More than half of the total injuries were sustained while on foot patrol duty.
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