Slips, trips and falls account for a high percentage of all workplace accidents, and injuries caused can range from minor to extremely severe, even fatal if you fall from height. There are a number of things that both employers and employees can do to prevent falls at work – use your common sense and stay safe, but make sure that your employer is aware of their responsibilities too.
As an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure your employees have the training, equipment and knowledge necessary to carry out their job safely. Many falls at work happen because of lack of training or faulty equipment, for example, employees who don’t know how to use a ladder safely. But sometimes, falls can be caused by the workplace environment, such as a slippery floor or loose cabling, and as an employer, you’re responsible for maintaining the workplace to safe standards.
All employees should be provided with training if using ladders or other equipment to work at height, and regular checks of the work environment should be carried out by the employer, to assess any hazards and make changes, such as replacing loose carpet or tidying away messy cables which could cause a fall. Falling from height is the number one cause of fatal injuries at work, so ladders or scaffolding should be avoided unless absolutely essential to the task at hand.
Employees should take responsibility for their own safety too, and it’s important to point out any hazards at work to your employer, such as a faulty ladder or slippery floor. If your employer fails to rectify the problem and you or another member of staff has an accident, you could claim for compensation due to negligence. You should also insist upon training for using any equipment at work, and be responsible for keeping the workplace tidy and free of obstructions which could lead to a slip, trip or fall.
How to claim for compensation
Falls at work can often be prevented by employers fulfilling their obligations as far as health and safety is concerned, and if you have been injured because this hasn’t happened, you could be entitled to claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can offer you confidential advice 24/7; just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable. We offer a 100% no win, no fee service and are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, so you know you’re dealing with the very best, and with more than 13 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation industry, you can trust us to process your claim from start to finish, offering you advice every step of the way.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown