There are multiple purposes for a garage. It can be used as a workshop for your car, bike or latest project. You may use it to store tools in it or you may just use it for the standard use which is to keep your car dry and away from the elements. Whichever way you use your garage you need to be aware of the potential hazards including slips, trips and falls a garage at home could pose.
So what potential hazards are there in the garage I need to be aware of?
Depending on what you store in the garage will change the potential hazards. The main hazard in the majority of garages will be items left on the floor causing a trip hazard. Many garages don’t have always have a light source or an electrical outlet in there so visibility may be poor at times. Other potential accidents may be faulty wiring or oil spills, especially if you store your car in there. All of these could potentially cause a nasty slip, trip or fall.
How can I avoid accidents such as slips, trips or falls?
Make sure that any boxes and items you have lying about are either pushed to the sides of the garage, on shelves or hung on the wall. Slips, trips and falls, at best can mean a scratch or bruise but at worse can cause head injuries and broken bones especially as the surface of a garage floor is usually concrete and heads or other body parts don’t tend to bounce on this material.
Also, always check when you drive your car out that there is no oil or petrol leaking onto the floor as this may not be seen when it is dark out and the garage is not well lit. This is quite an easy tip to prevent a slip injury.
What should I do if I have an accident in someone else’s garage or a commercially owned garage that wasn’t my fault?
If the accident has happened within the last 3 years you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline for advice on whether or not you could be eligible by either calling them or by taking the easy 30-second compensation calculator test to see if you could make an accident claim and how much compensation you could get.
Date Published: September 2, 2013
Author: David Brown