Derbyshire police employee received £30,000 in damages after tripping at work

Derbyshire Constabulary has paid out almost £150,000 after employees suffered injuries while at work.

Thursday, 21st September 2017, 4:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st September 2017, 4:10 pm

A Freedom of Information request by this newspaper to Derbyshire Constabulary has revealed the force has paid out £80,726 in damages and £69,200 in costs to 13 employees between 2012 and 2015.

One staff member received £30,000 in damages for a trip incident in 2012.

Deputy Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: “Policing can be a high risk occupation and there are instances where, either in the line of duty or occasionally in training exercises, staff are injured.

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“On occasions they are entitled to compensation and we also seek to learn lessons that prevent future incidents.

“It is, therefore, notable that the force has overseen a reduction in workplace injuries by almost 50 per cent since 2004.”

The data shows there have been five payouts for training incidents, two for manual handling and one for a slip, trip, fall, laceration, struck by object and needlestick injury to seven police officers and six members of staff.

There have been no payouts since 2015.

In 2012, a needlestick injury resulted in damages of £2,240 and costs of £3,000 and there was also a payout of £30,000 for a trip incident.

In 2013, there was a payout in damages of £3,000 for a laceration and £6,500 for a training incident.

In 2014, there was a payout of £7,960.46 for damages and costs for a staff member who was struck by an object.

In 2015, there was a payout of £5,000 for a staff member for a manual handling incident.

Mr Knighton added: “As a responsible employer, we take the health and wellbeing of our employees seriously and fully acknowledge our duty of care.”