A cellar might not seem like the most dangerous location, but there are often hazards lurking. If you regularly use a cellar in your workplace, here are some tips to help you avoid accidents at work.
Types of cellar accident
Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of work accident and falling into a cellar or slipping down the stairs leading to a basement can cause serious injuries. Examples of work injuries that may be sustained as a result of a cellar slip or trip include:
- cuts, grazes and bruising
- strains and sprains
- spinal injuries and back pain
- head injuries
If you work in a restaurant or pub, you have a job in construction, demolition or refuse collection or you work in a shop and use a cellar as a stock or store room, you may be at risk of work-related injuries.
Staying safe in the cellar
Most accidents, which occur in cellars, are preventable. Here are some top tips for staying safe on the stairs and reducing the risk of workplace injuries:
- wear suitable shoes
- always watch where you’re going
- take extra care if the staircase is outside and it is wet or icy
- watch out for obstructions
Employer duty of care
All managers and business owners have a duty to ensure that their workforce is safe and this means that they must comply with health and safety regulations. In order to reduce the risk of accidents in a cellar, senior members of staff may wish to enforce the following safety steps:
- ensure that staircases are well-lit
- remove any obstructions from the steps
- ensure that the ground is even and any flooring is well-maintained
- install a handrail
- carry out regular risk assessment
- document details of any accidents and use them to improve safety in the future
Can I make a claim for an accident in the cellar at work?
If you’ve been injured at work and you believe that you were not at fault, you may be able to make a successful claim for work accident compensation. If you have relevant information about the incident, such as the time, date and location, contact details of colleagues who witnessed the event and the type of injuries you sustained, call Accident Advice Helpline and talk through your claim with a trained personal injury lawyer.
In order to be granted no-win no-fee* compensation, the incident must have occurred within the last three years and you must have proof that you were not to blame. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice