How often do you use the stairs? Many people prefer to use the stairs rather than a lift, especially if they hate the idea the lift could get stuck between floors or they suffer from claustrophobia. Imagine then how annoying it would be to have tripped in a stairwell and ended up being injured because of it.
While we should all take care when using a set of stairs, there are rare occasions when the stairs themselves are not in adequate condition. If there are stairs present in a particular building, the owner of that building has a duty of care to make sure those stairs are always safe to use. This is true regardless of whether the stairs are concrete, metal or carpeted.
The importance of health and safety
If you tripped in a stairwell, you could end up falling over – and since you are on a set of stairs, you could end up being injured by falling down those stairs. As such, a situation like this does have the potential to lead to more serious injuries than it may do at other times.
Even if you manage to grab the handrail to prevent yourself from falling, it would still be easy to wrench your shoulder or sprain your wrist in doing so. This would not have occurred had the stairwell been safe to use in the first place. Look out for worn carpet that is easy to catch a foot in, and concrete stairs where one of the steps may be starting to crumble, or has actually worn down, making it slippery as a result.
What should you do if you did trip in a stairwell?
The first course of action should always be to report it. Find out who owns the building if you don’t already know, and report what has occurred. Taking pictures of the scene is good to do, as the owner may come along and rectify the situation later on.
Accident Advice Helpline can then advise you of whether a no win, no fee claim could work for you. Our free enquiry line is 0800 689 0500 and the advice we can provide you with is free to begin with as well. You can find out here today if you’re entitled to claim if you tripped in a stairwell and injured yourself in some way because of it.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead