The potential for embarrassing and damaging slips, trips and falls, in the workplace, anywhere for that matter, lurks menacingly around every corner. We’ve all experienced the awkward shuffle that immediately follows a stumble, nervously glancing around to assess if anyone saw your impromptu Michael Flatley impersonation.
The fact is, however, that there are often far more serious consequences than wounded pride following an accident in public. These sorts of incidents are among the most common causes of injury in the UK and a lot of the time victims are entitled to compensation.
How can I avoid trips, slips and falls in public?
Of course, it’s best to avoid a trip or fall in public altogether and you can aim to do so by taking care in watching where you are going, wearing appropriate footwear for the weather and not taking avoidable risks.
Snow and ice are the main culprits so switch work shoes for sturdy boots with plenty of grip on days when the risk of an accidental slip is high.
Crossing roads is another potential accident hotspot. Use crossings where possible so you don’t have to run across the road. Distractions are another cause of trips in public. Whether it’s a phone conversation, an enticing shop window or a talented busker, it’s important to keep your wits about you.
Accidents will always happen and it’s here that the friendly professionals on the end of the Accident Advice Helpline freephone can help.
Let’s take incidents involving pavements as an example. You’re wearing well-gripped trainers, looking both ways before crossing, taking it steady etc, doing everything right until a loose brick or raised slab sends you tumbling head over heels. A nasty accident that wasn’t your fault? Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing with cases like this for over 10 years.
Pavements, streets, verges etc are the responsibility of the local council and public trips and falls will be covered by their public liability insurance.
What if I slip, trip or fall at work?
These should be covered by your company’s employer’s liability insurance. Again, Accident Advice Helpline have a wealth of experience in this area and can take your case on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. The majority of claims can be processed over the phone and the chances of a court appearance are minimal. Providing your work accident was in the last three years and was someone else’s fault, you have a case.
Date Published: September 27, 2013
Author: David Brown