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Council charges £500k for work related accidents

Work related accidents at a South Yorkshire council cost the taxpayer £500,000 a year, the Yorkshire Post reports.

Barnsley Council said its officers were involved in 283 work accidents in the past twelve months, which led to 472 working days being lost.

Researchers also found a significant level of staff sickness, with each of the council's 11,000 employees taking an average of 10 days sick leave since 2010.

The figures were presented to the council's ruling cabinet in a 66-page report by its Health, Safety and Emergency Resilience Unit.

Commenting on the report, a human resources spokesperson claimed Barnsley Council had shown improvement in health and safety, but admitted there was more work to be done in limiting workplace accidents and staff sickness.

"During 2010/11 the overall health, safety and emergency resilience performance within the council has improved," she said.

"However, some aspects of health and safety performance have declined, reiterating the need for directorates, divisions and services and indeed all individuals to strive to maintain a healthy and safe working environment."

Other council staff have sought to play down the significance of the 283 work related accidents, pointing out that they involved just three percent of the total workforce.


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