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Compensation After Training Accident at Work

A Co Durham man has received £4,750 in compensation after fracturing his ankle in an accident whilst training at work.

Stephen Wilkinson suffered the injuries whilst training to become a prison officer at Hassockfield Secure Training Centre in County Durham.

As part of the warm up exercises in the Physical Control with Care Training, the trainees were playing a game whereby they sat back to back, when given the signal the chosen trainee had to reach the opposite wall and the other trainee had to stop them.

No crash mats or safety mats were provided in the training area and the floor was a hard surface. Mr Wilkinson was also paired with a man considerably larger and heavier than he was.

As a consequence when the Client was tackled by his colleague and pulled to the ground he fractured his right ankle.

An accident claim was issued by Neil Wilkinson of Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office. Liability was settled on a 50/50 basis due to contradictory expert evidence.

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