Uneven floors present a very serious risk of accidents at work. When staff are constantly walking to and fro in a busy catering environment, often with very hot food, then the risk of an accident is extremely pronounced.
What are the main causes of an uneven floor?
An uneven floor can be caused by many things, and employers should be ever vigilant in carrying out inspections of all floors in order to satisfy health and safety requirements at work for their employees. The HSE notes the most common causes of uneven floors as follows:
- Raised carpet edges
- Uneven floor tiles
- Unsecured mats
- Inadequate maintenance
- Contractors failing to properly repair the floor after digging or working beneath the floor
The HSE notes that many employers diligently check their premises for uneven floors, and regularly conduct checks and inspections of all work surfaces, in order to minimise the chances of slips, trips, and falls. However, where there have been any instances of accidents related to uneven floors, the HSE identified the following factors to contribute to the risk of a work-related accident:
- Failing to carry out proper checks and inspections to assess the possibility of injury to an employee
- Not perceiving the uneven floor in question to pose a risk to their employees
- Improper signage or employee notification of areas likely to be of risk
If you’ve suffered an accident at work, in a restaurant, within the last 3 years as the result of an uneven floor and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to work accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is here to help. With over 13 years experience in providing compensation, Accident Advice Helpline provides free advice on making a claim for compensation.
The freephone number is open 24/7 and friendly, professional advisers are waiting to take your call. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win, no-fee basis, and you are under no obligation to proceed with any claims. Alternatively, you can take the 30-second test online to find out if you are eligible for compensation.
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Date Published: November 28, 2013
Author: David Brown