Unison secures £38m tally

first_img Comments are closed. Public sector union secures a record £38m for members claiming compensationfor personal injury in 1999Personal injury claims totalling a record £38m were secured by the publicservice union Unison for members last year. The union settled more than 4,000 claims by members injured during thecourse of work, a large number being back injuries by nurses, care assistantsand local government manual workers. But Unison head of health and safety Hugh Robertson said the union had mixedfeelings about the thousands awarded. “The whole basis of our concern is prevention of injury,” he said.”So in a sense this figure is a failure. But it indicates that we mustredouble our efforts to ensure employers remove the risks and put in place theright provisions for employee safety. “These awards are the alternative to organisations forming thenecessary regulations.” Those receiving compensation include occupational therapy assistant AlisonHockaday from Durham. She received £600,000 after slipping at work, which meanther right leg had to be amputated below the knee. A nursing auxiliary in Herefordshire was awarded £140,000 for a back injurysustained from lifting heavy patients. Theatre sister Marie Davis received £60,000 when back problems led to herlosing her job. She hurt her back lifting a patient in 1994. Two years later sheslipped on a wet floor and damaged a disc. Unison secures £38m tallyOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more