Slips, trips and falls happen to the best of us at times. However they usually occur because we haven’t been paying attention. In other words we only have ourselves to blame. This may not be the case in every situation though. Sometimes office slips, trips and falls can happen because our employer hasn’t taken due care and attention to prevent any incidents from happening to their employees.
This type of accident is the most common across all workplaces and industries. It might also potentially lead to something more serious happening. For example you could trip over a ruck in the office carpet, but on the way down you could hit your head on the corner of a desk, causing an even worse injury. Clearly there is a need to try and prevent things like this from happening.
The Workplace Regulations 1992
These regulations are in place to give a framework for employers to adhere to. They say the floors should be free from any obstructions that might cause someone to trip or fall. In addition the floor itself should be in good condition and not introduce the chance for anyone to suffer office slips, trips and falls. Of course these regulations also apply to all other industries and workplaces.
It is the duty of the employer to make sure no one is in any potential danger in the workplace. This includes minimising and ideally eradicating any hazards that might be present and cause people to fall or trip in some way. These include trailing wires, an uneven or poor-quality flooring and anything else that might constitute a hazard.
Have you suffered an accident of this nature?
If you have you will realise how painful and problematic it can be. The first thing many of us think of is embarrassment, but in reality many people will be hurt in such an incident. If you have experienced this you will know it is true, and it can be painful for some time afterwards.
It is all the more frustrating when someone else was responsible for your accident in the first place. If you suspect this is true, you should definitely call the experienced team members at Accident Advice Helpline now. Our number is always free to call on 0800 689 0500 and this is the best way to find out the answers to any questions you have.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead