Falls due to slipping or tripping are the number one most common accident at work in the UK. It can be very easy to blame these falls on our own clumsiness, but in fact the work environment should be laid out so that there shouldn’t be anything to trip over, and if you have tripped over a hazard or slipped on a spillage that wasn’t signposted, this could be down to employer negligence.
What should my employer do to prevent falls at work?
Probably the most common cause of trips is loose carpeting or flooring. Tiled carpets especially have a habit of coming up slightly at the corners, creating a hazard that is very easy to trip over.
Your employer should make sure the floor is free of such hazards, and should also make sure that all cables and plugs are fixed away from the floors and not left free to trail in between desks.
The best idea is to have cables tucked into cable tidies that can then be attached to skirting boards or the back of desks. Your employer should also make sure that everyone in the office is trained not to leave bags, boxes, or anything else in a place where it could cause accidents.
If the floor is wet, this should be adequately signposted, and all spillages should be cleaned up immediately (with warning signs present as the spillage is being cleaned). All areas of the workplace should also be well lit so that employees can see any potential hazards. Employees should also wear appropriate footwear at all times.
What to do if you have been injured in a fall at work?
Slips and trips can result in very serious injuries including concussions, back injuries, sprains, and even broken bones. If you have slipped or tripped up at work and you feel the accident wasn’t your fault you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. If you’d like to know more, simply call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline.
The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help people just like you receive the compensation they are legally entitled to. Our advisers will be able to let you know whether or not it’s likely your accident was due to employer negligence, and how much compensation you could potentially receive. For a very quick guide to the validity of your claim, simply check our 30-second claim calculator online.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown