An MoD employee who slipped and fell at work has won compensation for the injuries he suffered. The incident occurred when the former training manager slipped on a wet floor in a rest room of a Dorset army base. The claimant, Alan Brooks, states that there were no visible signs warning of the wet flooring which had just been cleaned. Mr Brooks fell in the ‘splits’ position which caused him severe pain and caused damage to his left leg and knee. The claimant then had to undergo an operation to drain fluid from his swollen knee after the accident. Mr Brooks was a regular swimmer and runner before he sustained the accident and he states that he can no longer undertake these activities as a result of his injuries. Elior UK Limited, the company contracted with cleaning the site, was held liable for failing to place adequate signs in the room to warn of the danger. They were found in breach of health and safety law and of their own operating procedures. Health and safety law states that hazards like this must be controlled therefore signs must be adequately placed when there is a danger of slipping on a wet floor. Mr Brooks was appropriately compensated for his injuries.
Accidents that are someone else’s fault
Health and safety law states that hazards must be controlled to avoid potential accidents and injuries like the ones sustained by this MoD employee. Simple slips, trips and falls can cause serious injuries which can have an adverse effect on people’s lives. Some may not be able to take part in normal daily activities they took part in before, and others may not be able to work for a period of time. In more severe cases, some may not be able to work at all after an accident. If you have sustained an accident at work that was someone else’s fault, then you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
Personal injury compensation
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which helps the victims of accidents to claim compensation for their injuries. Provided someone else was at fault and you have been injured within the last three years, we will be able to represent you as you pursue your case for compensation. Call our free 24-hour helpline to speak with an adviser or enter a few details into our 30-second online test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown