Staff at Wigan Infirmary have been awarded nearly £200,000 after they made injury claims following being involved in workplace accidents.
The Wigan Evening Post is reporting the figures they obtained after making a Freedom of Information request. They reveal that just over £187,000 is the total compensation paid in the last two years to employees of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
The largest settlement amounted to a payment of £55,327 in back injury compensation to a worker that suffered harm whilst stopping a plastic pipe from falling. The second highest payout was given to a worker who slipped on a wet floor that did not have a wet floor sign visible. They received £20,600.
A staff member received £16,000 compensation after they suffered a shoulder injury when files fell on top of the claimant from a high shelf.
Many of the compensation payouts were for injuries sustained in slips and falls on wet floors. However, other notable payouts include £18,500 given to a worker with a wrist injury, and £7,350 awarded to an employee who twisted their back when their mop became entangled with a protruding screw.
Money for claims is paid out by the National Health Service Litigation Authority, although each NHS Trust is required to pay an excess.