According to the Health and Safety Executive, slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of accidents at work in the UK. Each year, thousands of people take time off work as a result of injuries sustained by slipping or tripping.
Work accidents: what causes slips and trips?
The most common causes of slips and trips at work include:
- Poorly maintained flooring, such as frayed carpets or ripped lino flooring.
- Obstructions in doorways, aisles and corridors and on the stairs.
- Trips down the stairs.
- Changes in the level of flooring, for example small steps.
- Wearing unsuitable footwear.
- Slippery floors.
Falls can cause a range of different injuries, from minor bruising, to potentially life-threatening head and spinal injuries.
Preventing work injuries: is it worth reporting a near miss to my employer?
If you fall at work, it is essential to report the incident to your manager or supervisor; if you slip or trip, but don’t actually fall, it is also hugely beneficial to tell your employer, as this will help to reduce the risk of similar accidents in the future. It is particularly important to notify your boss if there is an identifiable reason for your fall; for example, if there is a loose tile or floor board, the carpet is ripped or there is a change in the level of flooring, which is not clearly marked. Once your boss has the relevant information, they can act to prevent accidents from occurring in the future; this may involve repairing the floor, placing warning signs by a step or implementing a new strategy to clean up spillages, for example.
Claiming for work-related injuries
If you have an injury as a result of an accident at work, you may be thinking about claiming compensation. It is beneficial to seek advice from a trained personal injury lawyer and Accident Advice Helpline has a dedicated team of professionals waiting to help you claim the work accident compensation you deserve. Note down the details of your work injury, call the 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 and let the legal experts do all the hard work for you.
Accident Advice Helpline was set up in 2000 to provide members of the public with a safe, reliable and straightforward means of claiming compensation; the team operates on a no win, no fee* basis and the firm is endorsed by popular TV personality and passionate consumers rights campaigner, Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: March 5, 2014
Author: David Brown