FOI release

Accidents within the Department for Education

A list of accidents involving members of staff within the Department for Education.


  • Date requested: 12 September 2011
  • Publish date: 03 October 2011
  • Updated: 02 November 2011


Can the Department provide the following information:

How much compensation money has been paid to your staff as a result of accidents at work in the past five financial years (1 April 2006 - 31 March 2011).

Please also break this down per accident, giving details of:
a) the accident b) injuries sustained c) compensation paid out d) the year


Date of Accident Accident  Injuries Sustained Total Compensation paid to Individual
25 April 2006 Slipped on wet floor Injury to neck, foot and elbow £5,755.00
17 May 2007  Slipped on floor near lift in reception area Left knee injury fracture to knee cap, plaster cast x 2 months then admitted for 3 days for knee operation (wiring and tension).  7 x physiotherapy session, scarring £20,790.00
7 January 2008 Slipped on floor near tea point Bump to head/left arm burned Nil – claim rejected
17 September 2008 Road Traffic Accident.  Departmental Van Driver knocked over a cyclist  Ligament Damage, ankle injury Total claim £3,500.25 (breakdown £1,000 claimant damages, £712 NHS costs and £1,788.25 claimant legal costs)
3 November 2008 Slipped on ice in car park beside barrier Back injury Claim still on going
9 November 2010 Became stuck in lift   Nil – claim rejected