Thousands of people visit petrol stations every day in the UK to top up their fuel, grab a lottery ticket or stock up on last-minute essentials and while most escape unscathed, the garage can be a hazardous place, especially if you’re prone to slips, trips and falls. Here are 5 potential accidents, which may happen at the petrol station:
Slipping is one of the most common causes of public place accidents and petrol stations carry a risk both indoors and outdoors. Outside, petrol lying on the ground can prove dangerous, while inside, a spilled carton of milk or juice could cause you to slip.
- Wet weather falls
If the weather is wet or icy, the likelihood is that the forecourt will be slippery, especially if you are parking outside of the covered area. Take care when you are walking to and from your car and wear suitable footwear if you’re planning to stop for petrol.
It’s rare to come across an open flame at the petrol station, but sadly, accidents in public places do happen and you should be vigilant when filling up your car. If you see a naked flame, report the incident to the supervisor or a member of staff as quickly as possible. The manager should have procedures in place to tackle fires safely and speedily and protect customers from public place injuries. If you do suffer severe burns, call 999 and wait for emergency assistance.
- Cold burns
The risk of a cold burn is very low, but it is possible when using liquid gas. If gas escapes, it can damage the skin. Wear gloves when topping up gas levels and always give the task your full attention. If you notice leaks or you think the equipment may be faulty, alert a staff member.
- Driving accidents
The risk of a car crash is very low at a petrol station, as most people tend to drive very slowly; however, this type of accident can occur and it’s important to watch out for moving vehicles when filling up your tank or walking into the store to pay and also to be vigilant when you are driving; drive slowly and carefully and watch out for pedestrians.
Can I claim compensation for a petrol station accident?
If you’ve been injured in a public place, such as a petrol station, and you weren’t to blame, you could have a case for slip, trip and fall compensation or public liability compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out how you could claim no win, no fee* compensation with minimal stress and hassle on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice