Slips, trips, and falls are the most common form of accidents in the workplace.
Sometimes, accidents at work are unavoidable, but there are some very simple steps you can take to prevent slips, trips, and falls in the workplace.
Ways to avoid slips, trips, and falls at work
Tips for employers
Employers are required to ensure that the workplace is a safe environment for their employees and there are stringent health and safety policies in place to try and reduce the risk of work accidents.
Preventing slips and trips in the workplace can be impossible, but there are many ways the dangers can be reduced. Here are some suggestions from the Health and Safety Executive:
- carry out regular risk assessments
- keep floors and surfaces well-maintained
- ensure that warning signs are used properly and effectively to alert employees to spillages, changes in the level of the floor and other potential hazards
- ensure that spillages are cleared up as quickly as possible
- keep staff up to date with health and safety policies and procedures
Tips for employees
Often, accidents at work can be avoided by being diligent and taking notice of guidelines and healthy and safety requirements. Tips for preventing slips and trips in the workplace include:
- wear suitable, well-fitting footwear; the risk of tripping is increased significantly when wearing high heels or ill-fitting footwear
- take extra care when going down a flight of stairs
- watch where you are going and avoid using your phone while you are walking
- look out for warning signs
- take extra care on slippery floors and uneven surfaces
I’ve fallen at work, can I make a claim?
If you’ve fallen or tripped at work over the course of the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a slip, trip, and fall claim. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of dedicated legal experts waiting to take your call. They work on a no win, no fee* basis and the process is hassle-free and simple.
If you’ve slipped at work, tripped or fallen in a public place or suffered an illness or injury as a result of an accident at work, contact Accident Advice helpline today and see if they could get you the work accident compensation you deserve.
Claims must be made within 3 years of the incident and there must be sufficient evidence to support the case. It is always beneficial to include witness statements and medical reports from the time of the slip, trip, or fall.
Preventing slips and trips in the workplace is not completely possible to achieve, but employers should certainly take steps to reduce the likelihood of these occurring.
Date Published: October 21, 2013
Author: David Brown