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It pays to keep those floors and steps clean and dry...
We worry so much about employee safety that we tend to forget just how much money is paid out to non-employees who may slip & injure themselves on a spillage that hasn't been cleaned up. In news that broke just after our last Cleanzine had been broadcast, the BBC carried a story about a commuter who had been awarded £27,602 for a 'possible pigeon poo slip' at London's Paddington station.
That was just one payout by Network Rail... Data obtained by the BBC has revealed that Network Rail has paid out nearly £1m in five years for slips, trips and falls at its stations across the UK. Over half of the payouts were made following accidents at the London stations Euston, Paddington, Victoria and Liverpool Street.
The highest single amount was £39,631 for a passenger who 'slipped on some liquid' at Charing Cross station. Other passengers have received large payouts for slips at Paddington (£36,392) and Euston (£35,721).
While organisations will have insurance cover for such accidents, it is unlikely that premiums will be unaffected when such huge payments are made to the victims, which just goes to underline the importance of good cleaning!
29th August 2019