Slip hazards can be very dangerous indeed. A simple slip can cause you to quickly lose your balance and fall over. When this happens you may not have time to try and break your fall. Either way, you could end up suffering from one or more injuries just because you slipped over.
Sometimes a slip can be our own fault, but this isn’t always the case. While employers have a duty of care to follow the Health and Safety at Work Act and other legislation as well, there are rare occasions when the rules are not followed as they should be. Preventing slip hazards doesn’t have to be complex; indeed, most of the time it requires little more than common sense and regular checks to ensure the workplace is safe.
Tips on how to do it
Watch out for any potential hazards that could cause anyone to slip. Spillages are one of the top causes of slipping. When something like this occurs, a sign should be placed on the spill to alert others to its presence. It should then be cleared up as quickly as possible.
The flooring itself should also be considered. Some floor surfaces are by their very nature slippery. Preventing slip hazards is therefore as much about choosing the appropriate flooring as it is keeping it clean and dry. Employers are responsible for ensuring all these elements are adhered to. Anyone responsible for a business that caters to the general public should also make sure no one is in any potential danger of slipping over.
Preventing slip hazards outdoors in the winter
Of course, ice is a major cause of slipping over. Areas used by the public, and those used by workers when on company premises, should always be gritted so the ice doesn’t have a chance to form, or melts away.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve spoken to many people who have been unfortunate enough to slip over, whether on ice, on something spilt on the floor or on another type of slippery surface. We have been able to help some people win compensation in cases where someone was negligent in letting the circumstances arise in the first place. Why not call us on 0800 689 0500 now to see if you have an opportunity to make a no win, no fee* claim with the expert assistance of a lawyer?
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead