Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of accident at work and the main reason people get injured at home. If you’ve had a slip or trip in a public place, at work, or even if you’ve been involved in common falls around the house, you may be able to claim compensation.
Most common falls around the house
We tend to think of our homes as safe havens, but accidents happen fairly regularly. Falls are one of the most common types of accident in the home. Here are some of the most common falls around the house:
- Falling down the stairs: this is one of the most common falls around the house, and also one of the most dangerous types of accident. Falling down the stairs can result in severe, even life-threatening injuries, such as fractures, internal injuries, head injuries and spinal injuries. To reduce the risk of falls at home, keep stairways clear of obstructions and hold onto the bannister. Ensure flooring on the stairs is in good condition and wear suitable footwear.
- Slipping on wet floors: if you’ve mopped the kitchen or bathroom floors, or there has been a spillage, there may be a high risk of slip and trip injuries. Make sure everyone is aware that you’ve been mopping and try and wait until the floor has dried to use those rooms to prevent common falls around the house. Clear up any spillages as quickly as you can.
- Bathroom falls: the bathroom is the scene of many common falls around the house. Take care if the floor is slippery, especially when climbing in and out of the bath or shower. Use bath mats to dry your feet before you attempt to walk anywhere.
General safety tips to prevent falls
If you slip in a public place, you trip at home or you sustain work-related injuries after a tumble in the office, you could be nursing injuries for weeks to come. Here are some simple ways to reduce your risk of slip, trip and fall injuries and prevent common falls around the house:
- Wear suitable, well-fitted footwear
- Look out for warning signs
- Repair damaged flooring
- Take extra care on the stairs
- Always look where you’re going
- Clear up any spillages promptly and take care when walking on polished or slippery floors
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice