Trips can occur in the home, at work or in a public place, and one of the most common causes of trips is poorly-fitted or loose carpet. Trips can lead to a minor injury such as bruising or something more serious such as broken bones. Loose carpet tiles, or rugs without proper backing can lead to slips and trips, whether you’re at home or at work.
Protect your employees
As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that carpets at work are well fitted and don’t pose any hazards to staff. Lumpy carpets due to bulging wires or poorly-fitted carpets which are sticking up can all cause trips, as can rugs, particularly in areas with polished or wooden floors.
If you are using rugs in a waiting area or other room, it is important to ensure that you use adhesive grips or backing to secure the rug to the floor, to prevent slips, trips and falls. If an employee is injured at work due to your negligence, they could claim for compensation.
Injured in a public place
If you are injured in a public place due to poor maintenance – for example, if you trip on badly-fitted carpet in a shop, then you may be eligible to claim for compensation. This is why it is important that business owners and employers ensure carpets are professionally fitted and well maintained at all times, to prevent accident and injury to employees and members of the public.
Claiming for compensation
If you’re injured due to a trip at work or in a public place, you could claim for compensation. Employers will have employer’s liability insurance whilst anyone owning a business which is open to the public will have public liability insurance, which will protect them in the event of a claim.
This means that if you can prove your trip and subsequent injury was directly caused by negligence, you could be eligible for compensation. If you have had to pay for medical treatment or suffered loss of earnings due to time off work for your injury, this will be taken into account when you claim, and Accident Advice Helpline will usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable.
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Date Published: November 21, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Slips, Trips and Falls Claims