We are all familiar with the yellow signs we often see stationed wherever the floor is wet. They warn us this is the case and we know to give the area a wide berth. They can be used in all manner of situations – if the floor is wet from cleaning, if something has been spilled or if there has been a leak that has made the floor wet. Whatever the circumstances may be, the signs are definitely very useful to have around.
The whole point of these signs is to warn people about the floor being potentially slippery. If there is no sign present, we wouldn’t have any reason to expect the floor to be wet or slippery. Few people walk along looking at the floor at every moment. However, we would certainly spot a sign if it was present.
Could no wet floor sign mean there is a heightened chance of being injured?
Yes, this could certainly happen. As we discovered above, you wouldn’t expect the floor to be wet if no wet floor sign was present. As such you might walk confidently ahead only to have one or both feet go out from under you. This might result in an injury to one or more parts of your body.
It’s easy to cut or bruise your hands if you put them out to break your fall. However, if you fall backwards you cannot do this. Thus the injuries suffered at this stage could be potentially worse. If you land on your coccyx – tailbone – you could easily break it into several pieces. Ankle injuries or hip or back injuries are also possible depending on what happens.
What should you do?
If this happens to you you’d clearly want to assess yourself for injuries before you try to get up. You might receive help from people nearby if this happens in a public area or in the workplace. If people witnessed what happened this could come in useful later on if you decide to try and get compensation for what occurred.
Proving that someone else was at fault for your accident can be difficult. Negligence must be proven in this instance but Accident Advice Helpline can make things easier. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out if we can help – it won’t cost you anything to call at any time.