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Hospital trust pays £230,000 in staff personal injury claims

A hospital trust has paid out nearly £230,000 in personal injury compensation to staff over the past five years.

West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust made payments to employees following incidents such as slips, trips, falling televisions, faulty lifts and collapsed chairs.

The details were released following a Freedom of Information request by the Watford Observer newspaper.

According to the paper, the largest claim was made in May 2010 when a member of staff received nearly £45,000 after slipping on a patch of ice in the car park.

In 2008 just under £12,000 was paid out after a member of staff tripped over a cable and another employee received over £9,000 after slipping on an unknown substance on the floor.

In 2010 an administrator claimed £20,407 after she was hit on the head by falling a television.

Later that year a monitor fell from the wall and hit a member of staff which resulted in a claim for £650.

In March 2012, two more people slipped in the car park, claiming £11,283 and £430.

Director of Workforce Mark Vaughan said: “As a trust, we employ more than 4,000 staff across our three hospital sites and take their health and safety very seriously.

“As such, we do all we can to help avoid them from suffering injuries as a result of accidents at work, including slips, trips and falls.

“Accidents will of course happen. However, each reported incident is investigated so that we can learn appropriate lessons to help prevent them from happening again.

“Our staff also receive training to help avoid accidents at work, for instance about how to lift and carry safely, and they are actively encouraged to report or rectify hazards which might cause injury to others.

“In addition, we ensure that staff who have been injured at work receive appropriate support, including from our occupational health team.”

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