MoD settles £13.5 million personal injury compensation claims filed by civilian staff
Rarely does the cloak and dagger Ministry of Defence break its silence on what goes on behind closed doors, yet thanks to a successful request under the Freedom of Information Act, one news source has been privy to a spate of accidents which you would be forgiven for thinking have happened in situations beyond the normal call of duty.
Like for instance falling out of the top of a bunk bed, walking into windows and injuries sustained by fighting (not in war zones, but) in sumo suits.
The Metro recently published the more bizarre list of injuries which collectively led to personal claims totalling some £13.5 million with regards to scrapes which its civilian employees had gotten themselves into.
As a direct result of having to fork out for a catalogue of accidents which happened whilst staff were fulfilling the remits of their civilian roles, the MoD has seemingly learned its lesson the hard way and has now put plans into place to flag up potential dangers to employees more clearly in future. Especially in relation to bunk bed entry and existing etiquette and health and safety-obliging protocol, after stumping up for one staff member who broke their foot after scaling the 6 foot drop from the top bunk they were using and landing awkwardly.
According to reports the injured party had miscalculated the height from which they were descending, which has paved the way for all MOD employees henceforth receiving briefings/training on the dangers of beds.
Elsewhere accident-prone Ministry staff injured themselves whilst engaging in a number of otherwise non-occupationally hazardous pursuits, such as when chucking rubbish into bins and the aforementioned walking into windows and sparring with people dressed in similar sumo wrestler suits, which we are to believe triggered personal injury claims brought against their employer, namely the MoD.
Meanwhile a further £45 million in compensation settlements went to service personnel, whereby a raft of (more understandable) accidents involving parachutes were to blame for injuries sustained.
As is legal practice (and per obligatory Health and Safety protocol) with all employment surrounds, all incidents were reported and detailed by the Ministry of Defence’s own safety officers at the time of the accidents taking place. RIDDOR forms were completed as is standard practice, whilst an MoD spokesperson said; “The MoD has a duty of care to all its employees whether military or civilian personnel, and we keep our health and safety policies under constant review to manage risk and make sure our personnel have appropriate protection at work, including during training and operations.”
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