Plenty of accidents that occur each day could have been avoided if only a different course of action had been taken. In some cases, there would be no way to foresee what might have occurred. However, if you tripped on an avoidable hazard, this is not the same thing. In this case, if health and safety rules had been applied, the hazard could have been eradicated before it had a chance to trip you up.
To this end, it does make sense to take a look at what happened and how you tripped. This will give you the chance to see whether it was your fault, or whether negligence might have been involved. If it is the latter, a compensation claim could be a possibility, as you will see.
What is an avoidable hazard?
An avoidable hazard is one that could have been dealt so it is no longer a potential hazard. For example, trailing cables can easily be tidied out of the way. If they are permanently in place, they could be fixed to the skirting board or run along under the flooring. Raised floor coverings should be replaced with new ones to ensure no one trips on the raised edges.
In some instances, removing the hazard may not be possible. A good example of this would be a case where the floor is raised slightly in one area, but the slight step is not visible. The application of hazard tape – usually in black and yellow, so it can be easily seen – will prevent anyone missing the step entirely and tripping over it as a result.
Could you make a claim as mentioned previously?
You may remember we mentioned the prospect of making a claim for monetary compensation, in the event you have been injured in a similar manner. For any kind of claim to be successful in this instance, it would be necessary for you to prove that negligence was involved.
You won’t want to do this alone – and there is no need to either. If you tripped on an avoidable hazard, make sure you call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. This is the best course of action to take, because you can then have a talk with one of our advisors. They have a world of experience and they’re friendly too – just what you need at this point.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead