Spraining your ankle at work can happen in an instant. You could trip on damaged flooring, catch your heel in trailing cables in the office or even fall down a flight of stairs with a broken hand rail. Boxes of files left lying around could cause a tripping hazard, whilst a wet floor in the canteen could lead to a slip. But there are tips for sprained ankle prevention that can help you to avoid an accident at work and stay safe. If you sprain your ankle and somebody else, such as your employer, is to blame, then you can make a claim for personal injury compensation within three years of your accident.
Some sprained ankle prevention tips
There are some sprained ankle prevention tips that you can use to help you to stay safe at work – and your employer can take steps to protect you as well:
- Wear shoes appropriate to your working environment and ensure the soles have good grips
- Report any damaged flooring or hazards to management as soon as possible and make sure they are repaired
- Always ensure you use wet floor warning signs if you are cleaning floors at work
- Be aware of trip hazards such as trailing cables and things left lying around
- Keep a clean and tidy workspace to prevent trip hazards
- Take your time at work and don’t rush from one place to another
These tips can help to reduce your risk of an accident and can be used in any workplace, whether you work in a factory, warehouse, office or even on a building site.
What can you do if you’ve sprained your ankle?
If you have already sprained your ankle then there is something you can do about it. It could be that your employer is liable for your accident and that there is more they could have done to prevent you from being injured. For example, perhaps you were injured after tripping on damaged flooring that should have been repaired, or slipping on a wet floor. Whatever has happened, if somebody else is to blame then you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you could make a 100% no-win, no-fee claim, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
You can get in touch with us at any time after your accident by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a claim and get confidential advice.
Date Published: March 10, 2017
Author: Rob Steen