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Compensation awarded for rugby injury

A man who sued Dundee Council for damages after he broke his foot on a frozen rugby pitch has been awarded £30,000 in compensation, reports the Daily Record.

Drummond Cox was training to be a coach for junior rugby. He was involved in a training exercise in February 2010 when he took a side-step and hurt his foot. He was later diagnosed with suffering a broken metatarsal bone in his left foot.

Dundee Council employed the coach who was running the course, and Cox claimed that officials should have prevented people from playing in such freezing conditions.

The organiser of the training session said he had inspected the pitch before the training course, however Lady Scott, the judge hearing the case, was not convinced that this inspection had been sufficiently thorough.

“I was satisfied that such conditions present an obvious risk of injury and the risk assessment undertaken here by the defenders' employee, in the course of his employment, was inaccurate or inadequately conducted,” she commented.

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