£6,000 compensation has been awarded to a harbour master who had to take early retirement after seriously injuring his back.

£6,000 compensation has been awarded to a harbour master who had to take early retirement after seriously injuring his back. Michael Leggett, who had worked as a harbour master for Waveney District Council for 21 years, slipped and fell on stairs at Southwold harbour.

Staff had complained for years that the stairs were dangerous, and a representative for the solicitors who took the case for trades union UNISON said, “The council failed to ensure adequate precautions were taken to avoid this accident.”

“It should never have taken an accident like this to make the council take action and remove the stairs,” said a union spokesman, “they should be doing all they can to protect the health and safety of their staff.”