It is incredibly easy to trip up, especially if you aren’t looking where you are going. With that said, though, even if you take great care in watching where you step, it is still incredibly easy to have an accident. Many people have tripped on a workplace hazard, and while such incidents are uncommon, some people have ended up with cuts, bruises and even broken bones as a result.
You may wonder how easily this can be done, and why it can happen in a particular workplace. There is a real need for attention to health and safety here, to make sure any trip hazards that exist can be eliminated where possible.
How do workplace trips take place?
There are many reasons why someone could trip while at work, but in reality the reasons for trips can be more common than you might think. For example, if the floor is uneven, it could be very difficult to see, thus leading to a trip hazard. A slight change in the level of the floor in one area can also be a potential hazard. This can be resolved by clearly marking the change in levels so it is easier for people to see it.
If you’ve tripped on a workplace hazard it may have been due to trailing cables across your path. Even if this does not usually happen, any cable should be kept well out of the way or covered in some way so they do not cause a hazard. Something as simple as inadequate or no lighting can also make a difference, because it makes potential trip hazards far harder to see.
Have you suffered injuries recently?
Any injury can be life changing, if only for a short period of time. If you break your wrist, for example, it will be immobilised for a period of time while it heals. This will prevent you from doing what you normally do, and it could mean you will be off work as well.
Regardless of the injuries you suffered when you tripped on a workplace hazard, you always have a chance to see if you could get compensated for them. Accident Advice Helpline could advise you with no obligation at all, and we could assist you today if you call 0800 689 0500 now. Find out why thousands of others have already called us for advice.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead