North Wales police pay out over £50,000 to officers
Posted: February 1, 2015
Posted in: Workplace Injuries Workplace Slip
North Wales police officers have been awarded over £50,000 through personal injury claims over the last five years. The information was gathered as a result of a Freedom of Information request, which found that officers had claimed for incidents ranging from slipping on wet surfaces to exposure to excessive noise. A total of £53,615 was paid out to nine claimants since 2009, with a further four claims still ongoing.
The biggest payout was made in 2010/11 to an officer who severely injured their pelvis and hips while carrying out his daily workplace tasks. He was awarded £24,426 for his injuries. Other payouts included an officer who received £5,000 in 2010/11 after slipping on a wet surface, and a further £1,585 went to an officer who injured their finger on a door lever.
Ongoing claims in 2013/14 include one officer who supposedly suffered mental trauma, severe leg injuries and hearing loss while on duty.
‘All reports are audited to prevent reoccurence’
A North Wales Police spokeswoman said that all officers are provided with personal safety training, which is carried out every year and includes a fitness test. The force also has a strict health and safety policy in place which ensures that all officers are provided with health and safety induction training when they are first appointed.
The spokeswoman said: “All Near Miss Reports and Injury on Duty Reports are audited to identify any emerging trends or learning points which should be further communicated to make officers aware in order to prevent reoccurrence.”
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