Falls on foot­paths are prov­ing costly for ACC

Western Leader - - LOCALJOBS - JACK­SON THOMAS

More than 1500 peo­ple filed ACC claims in the past year after slip­ping on foot­paths in Auck­land.

In the year to July ACC paid out about $1.4 mil­lion on claims from Auck­lan­ders that sighted falls on foot­paths as the rea­son for in­jury.

Data was cap­tured by ter­ri­tory and in­cluded Auck­land City, Manukau City, Pa­pakura District, North Shore City, Waitakere City, and Rod­ney District.

Auck­land foot­paths are man­aged and cleaned by Auck­land Trans­port (AT).

Mt Eden res­i­dent Fenella Tonkin said she slipped on dead flow­ers on Garry Rd in Mt Eden about two months ago, break­ing her arm in three places.

The cost of her claim was ‘‘be­tween $15,000 and $20,000’’ as of Au­gust 27 and was on-go­ing, she said.

‘‘I have been paid by ACC while off work, I have had home care three days a week and un­til I am al­lowed to drive again, ACC are pay­ing for taxis to take me to and from work,’’ Tonkin said.

Tonkin took to so­cial me­dia web­site Neigh­bourly after her accident, ask­ing res­i­dents who had trees on their fence­line to rake up the dead and rot­ting flow­ers that fell on the foot­path, like those that caused her fall.

Tonkin re­ported her accident to Auck­land Coun­cil who re­ferred her to AT.

AT spokesman James Ire­land said fallen leaves were not the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the home­owner to clean up.

Some streets and foot­paths re­ceived ex­tra sweep­ing dur­ing the au­tumn months due to high leaf fall. Out­side of that time AT cleaned foot­paths as re­quested with the road­side chan­nel swept once ev­ery four months, Ire­land said.

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Fenella Tonkin fell on this foot­path after slip­ping on dead flow­ers in Mt Eden and broke her arm in three places.

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