Common causes of trips and slips

Man slips next to Wet Floor sign

Trips and slips are very common; most of us are familiar with the feeling of losing our footing and ending up in a pile on the floor, but what if you had an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault?

Trips are one of the most common reasons people make a work accident claim; sometimes, there’s no way of stopping or preventing a fall, but in most cases, slips and trips can be avoided.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than 10,000 workers suffered injuries as a result of slips and trips in the workplace last year, but what are the common causes of accidents at work and why do they matter?

Common causes of trips and slips in the workplace

The most common causes of trips and slips in the workplace are wet surfaces, uneven floors, poorly-maintained flooring, fringed carpeting, unsuitable footwear and raised platforms.

It is the duty of the employer to adhere to health and safety measures and employees should also take responsibility; for example, there is a higher risk of tripping over if you have shoes that do not fit or you are wearing high heels.

Stairs and changes in level should be clearly marked and flooring should be well-maintained; there should be uneven surfaces of frayed carpet edges and wet floors should be highlighted with warning signs.

Why do trips and slips matter?

Many people may brush off a trip or a slip, pick themselves up and then return to normal daily life, but slipping or falling can actually have very dramatic and sometimes life-altering consequences.

A slip that appears innocuous can actually be very dangerous and common injuries that result from a trip or fall include broken bones, strained and torn ligaments, muscle pain, head injuries and even brain damage. If you have slipped or had an accident at work and it was not your fault, you should be able to claim work accident compensation.

Compensation is given out to people who have suffered an injury or illness through no fault of their own. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people to make claims, including repetitive strain injury claims, car crash claims and work accident claims for more than ten years and hey pride themselves on delivering a stress-free claims process, which is endorsed by Esther Rantzen, consumer champion. If you’ve had an accident at work, visit the website and complete the 30 second test to see if you could make a claim.

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