REVEALED: £525,000 paid out for pavement falls in Sheffield

Amey began resurfacing Sheffield's streets in 2012, under the 2 billion Streets Ahead contract
Amey began resurfacing Sheffield's streets in 2012, under the 2 billion Streets Ahead contract
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More than £525,000 in compensation has been paid out for injuries caused by uneven pavements and footpaths across Sheffield over the last five years.

But the number of successful claims for trips and falls has dropped sharply since 2013 as work continues on a £2 billion project to improve the city's roads and footways.

Fox Hill Road, in Wadsley Bridge, where someone was injured last year and received a 7,208 payout (Google)

Fox Hill Road, in Wadsley Bridge, where someone was injured last year and received a 7,208 payout (Google)

The 25-year Streets Ahead contract between Sheffield Council and Amey began in August 2012, and during that year just 11 claims were submitted - only one of which was successful.

In 2013, 115 claims were made and 23 were successful, but last year only 67 claims were made and compensation was awarded to just four people.

Between August 20, 2012, when the contract began, and April 30 this year, a total of £525,275 has been awarded in compensation - with an average payout of £11,176 - a Freedom of Information request by The Star revealed.

During that period, the council spent an additional £27,200 contesting compensation claims.

The council and Amey said ongoing work to improve the city's streets had made them safer for pedestrians, which would explain the reduction in compensation claims and the amount being paid out.

A Streets Ahead spokeswoman said: "Since 2012, the Streets Ahead contract has been ensuring the improvement and on-going maintenance of the city’s roads, pavements and footways.

"Simultaneously, this has helped to reduce the potential for trips and falls through a comprehensive programme of resurfacing. Between August 2012 and March 2017, Sheffield has had over 1,293 miles of pavement resurfaced by Streets Ahead."

Last year, four people received pay outs totalling just over £17,600.

The largest amount awarded was £7,208 for an injury sustained at The Mill on Fox Hill Road, in Wadsley Bridge. The other payouts were £5,900 for an injury on Queens Road, near the city centre; £3,000 for an injury on Langsett Road, Hillsborough; and £1,500 for an injury on Newton Road, High Green.

The council said it could not reveal details of the injuries or how they were sustained, as this could lead to the victims being identified.

In the first four months of this year, 19 claims were submitted. Of those, 14 had been rejected and five cases were ongoing at the time of the council's response in May.

Since 2012, 16 claims out of a total of 401 submitted have ended up in court.

All four payouts last year were awarded without the council contesting the claims in court.

COMPENSATION CLAIMS FOR TRIPS AND FALLS ON SHEFFIELD'S PAVEMENTS

Year / Claims submitted / Successful / Unsuccessful / Ongoing

2012 / 11 / 1 / 10 / 0

2013 / 115 / 23 / 92 / 0

2014 / 80 / 12 / 68 / 0

2015 / 109 / 7 / 102 / 0

2016 / 67 / 4 / 63 / 0

2017 / 19 / 0 / 14 / 5

Total / 401 / 47 / 349 / 5