Falling over at work is one of the most common types of workplace accidents to occur, and slips, trips or falls can lead to serious injuries that could leave employees in hospital or at home recovering from their injuries.
Luckily, most accidents involving falls at work can be avoided by simply paying attention to health and safety, and it’s the responsibility of employers to ensure the working environment is safe.
If falling over at work has left you hospitalised or has changed your life – even if you have sustained minor injuries which have led to a few days off work – Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim personal injury compensation from your negligent employer.
Health and safety regulations
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) puts in place regulations for a reason – to protect staff at work and to ensure that employers take health and safety seriously. Many slips, trips and falls are caused by unsafe flooring, such as damaged tiles or linoleum, flooring that is worn or tired or even not suitably slip-resistant.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 states that all floors should be ‘suitable, in good condition and free from obstruction.’ So if you have tripped on damaged flooring and broken your ankle, you could receive compensation.
Other scenarios which could lead to a slip, trip or fall at work include icy conditions on the walkway/path outside your work (this should be cleared and gritted), using the wrong types of cleaning product on wooden floors, which could make them slippery, mopping floors and not displaying a ‘wet floor’ warning sign, or even poor building design, such as lack of handrails in stairwells or inadequate lighting.
We have helped people claim for broken bones, head injuries, strains and sprains and other injuries sustained after falling over at work, and our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so if you’re struggling financially after your accident, you have nothing to worry about.
Sometimes it’s obvious if your employer is to blame for your accident – for example, poor lighting in a stairwell or damaged flooring that has caused your accident means they could be held liable.
Other times things may not be so black and white, but by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can get expert advice in confidence and find out who’s at fault, and whether you have a viable personal injury claim. It’s free to call us and there is no obligation to proceed, should you change your mind.
Date Published: August 9, 2015
Author: Rob Steen