WATERFORD City and County Council spent over €1.7m on public liability claims in 2020, according to figures released to the Waterford News and Star.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act regarding compensation payments made by the Council in Waterford showed that the total cost of public liability claims, which were finalised in 2020, amounted to €1,722,238.
A breakdown of the cost of the top two significant claim types showed that footpath slips and trips resulted in payouts from the council adding up to €973,776 for the year of 2020.
Claim types marked under the category of ‘Road’ were the second highest cost and amounted to €382,259 in total.
Slips, trips and falls are the second highest cause of workplace accidents, with approximately eight people injured in this way every working day, according to statistics from the Health and Safety Authority website.
The total figure of compensation payout appears to be lower than for previous years for Waterford City and County Council.
A recent report in the Irish Independent showed that slip, trip and fall personal injury claims against the State cost over €90m over a five year period.
A Risk Research report by the State Claims Agency (SCA) “conservatively estimates” the total direct and indirect costs of STF claims to be “in the region of €363m” for the period.