When this sum is added to the legal fees involved, the total sum paid out by the council was £9,000. Nor was this the first instance of its kind involving employees of Wokingham Borough Council.
Since 2008, Wokingham Borough Councils has seen 29 incidents involving slips, trips and falls from council staff. Three of these people were even taken to hospital for x-rays on their injuries.
Four of these incidents were reported under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations Act) since the accident victims had more than three working days off sick through their injuries.
Most injuries involved snow, ice, wet floors, carpet trips and uneven floors.
As many as 14 injuries were reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last year for injuries and incidents involving council employees. These incidents mostly involved manual handling injuries, slips, trips and falls.
Slips trips and falls also accounted for all three of the major injuries reported by council workers.
Wokingham Borough Council’s executive committee approved the Health and Safety annual report for 2010-2011 reporting that no enforcement action was being taken against the council for breaching health and safety or fire legislation.
The report also stated that workplace violence is not an issue for this council. Personal safety training is more widely available to staff and an SMS text service was available to staff who worked alone.
A new IT system has also been introduced to make staff aware of potential risks within the workplace.
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