Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury in the workplace, and 40% of reported major injuries are caused by slipping accidents. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess slip and trip risks and take action to address them, but there are a number of responsibilities for both employers and employees which should help to prevent slipping accidents in the workplace.
Your employer should ensure that:
- Floors are free from obstructions and in good condition
- Mats are used at entrance points
- Warning signs are used when floors are wet
- The correct cleaning method is used for the type of floor – for example, using polish on a laminate wood floor could cause it to become slippery
- Lighting is adequate, particularly near stairs or slopes
- Spillages are dealt with quickly
- Equipment and machinery is well-maintained and free from leaks
In addition, your employer should ensure that if you work in an environment where wet and slippy floors can’t be avoided, then slip-resistant footwear should be provided. If your employer provides this as personal protective equipment (PPE) then it must be free of charge for employees. Employers should also look at the management of the work place, organising staff better to avoid overcrowding and rushing, as this can lead to accidents.
When it comes to preventing slipping accidents at work, employees have responsibilities too. Any damage to flooring such as cracked tiles or loose carpets should be reported to the employer immediately. Employees should keep the workplace tidy, removing obstructions or hazards from floors and walkways, and report any potentially dangerous situations to their employer, who will decide how best to handle the situation.
Claiming for compensation after a slip, trip or fall
If the worst happens and you suffer a slip, trip or fall at work, injuries can range from minor to extremely severe. In the worst case scenario, you may require medical treatment and time off work, which could lead to loss of earnings. In this case, you may decide to file a claim for compensation against your employer. By law, all employers must hold liability insurance, so don’t be afraid to consider claiming if you have suffered as a result of your employer’s negligence.
It’s best to seek advice from a personal injury compensation lawyer, and Accident Advice Helpline can help you through every stage of your claim. Our professional team are here to take your call 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, and our advice line is free to call, so if you’re looking for confidential, no-obligation advice, you know who to call.
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Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown