School accidents cost council £137,000
Posted: November 2, 2015
Posted in: Public Liability
Recently released figures have revealed that a council has paid out over £130,000 in compensation as a result of school related injuries. West Berkshire Council has paid out to a total of five claimants since 2013, costing them a total of £137,000. One of the incidents saw a claimant receive £50,499 for a personal injury suffered on the school premises. According to the figures, which were released following a Freedom of Information request, only one payout went to a pupil, with the other four payouts going to teachers and school staff.
The payout awarded to the pupil saw the primary school child receive £5,182.50 after getting their finger trapped in the school gate in February of this year. Also in February, a member of staff from another of the local authority’s primary schools received £50,499 after suffering a severe injury through faulty school equipment.
‘£43,835 for tripping on a piece of school equipment’
January of this year saw West Berkshire Council pay out £15,182 to a member of staff after tripping on a bump in the school car park, where only one month earlier, the council had paid out £43,835 to a staff member who injured themselves from tripping on a piece of school equipment. A similar injury happened in 2013 where a member of staff won £12,430 after slipping on a wet floor.
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