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Police force scrutinised over 26 workplace accident claims

A UK police force has revealed its employees made 26 successful accident at work claims over the last 12 months.

A Freedom of Information request unearthed the data kept by West Midlands Police (WMP), prompting allegations that they have failed to provide a safe working environment for officers.

Claims were made for a wide variety of injuries, including:

  1. Six slips and trips
  2. Two dog bites
  3. Two officers injured by colleagues when responding to a call-out
  4. One repetitive strain injury
  5. One fall from an office chair
  6. One case involving a faulty taser
  7. One worker hit by a car park barrier
  8. One officer hurt trying to get into a building to deal with an armed robbery
  9. One asbestos-related industrial disease

However, WMP have responded that this year’s total is a 7.5% drop on the previous twelve months, meaning they had actually improved their record.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said: “We are responsible for our employees when they are on duty and when we fall short of meeting that responsibility, they are entitled to protection under the law and seek redress through the courts.”

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