A simple slip can result in some unpleasant injuries if you are unlucky. While you might occasionally be able to catch yourself to prevent yourself from falling, this may not always be the case. You might eventually end up falling over as a result of that slip, and many kinds of injuries might occur.
For example, you’ll probably put your hands down to catch yourself if you can. You could damage your fingers or hands and wrists as you do so. If you cannot break your fall it would be quite easy to fall on a hip or knee and cause damage to either one in the process.
How could this happen in the workplace?
Every employer has to make sure their workplace is perfectly safe for people to use. The Health and Safety at Work Act provides a clear framework for them to follow to make sure this is the case. There are other laws and guidelines that may apply in certain cases as well. For example those working at height must be safe since there are specific rules relating to work at height safety. The same applies to using personal protective equipment and the use and management of chemicals and other potentially-dangerous substances.
As you can see, there should be very few instances where the chances of slipping up in the workplace are present. If the workplace is kept clean and tidy and there are no spillages, no one should have any cause to slip over. If something is spilt on the floor there should be clear rules on clearing it up quickly and placing a sign in the offending area so everyone is aware of it.
Finding out whether you could claim
Workplace slip compensation can sometimes be paid out to people who do slip over in their workplace and injure themselves in the process. When this happens the individual might have to take time off work to recover, depending on how bad the injury is. Certainly, if there is medical evidence an injury has occurred, it is worth finding out whether workplace slip compensation could be payable.
Calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 makes a lot of sense in this situation. Call the team now to see whether they could match you with one of our experienced lawyers who has already won many such cases for other people in the past.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead