Trips and falls are one of the most common workplace injuries. If you’ve had accidents at work or you’ve suffered a slip, trip, or fall and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Trips and falls in the workplace are relatively common and you need to be diligent when moving around the workplace.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, slips and trips cause 40 per cent of all major injuries at work; not only can they cause cuts and grazes, broken bones and muscle pain, but they can also contribute to more serious incidents, such as flying objects and falling from a height.
Common causes of slips, trips, and falls in the workplace
The most common causes of trips and falls in the workplace are uneven flooring, wet and slippery floors and obstructions in corridors and passageways.
It is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe working environment for their staff and they must comply with health and safety guidelines. If an employee has an accident at work and it wasn’t their fault, they have a right to pursue a claim for work accident compensation and the employer will be liable for the cost if the claim is approved.
Preventing trips and falls in the workplace
There are several policies in place to protect members of staff from accidents at work and many of the health and safety requirements seem very obvious; however, often, making simple changes to the workplace and adhering to basic rules prevents most accidents. Suggestions for employers include:
- carry out frequent assessments of the working environment and comply with risk assessment policies
- keep corridors clear
- ensure that warning signs are in place after cleaning wet floors
- maintain flooring and deal with frayed or crumpled carpets and damaged floorboards as quickly as possible
- place warning signs ahead of steps or unexpected changes in the level of the flooring
- encourage staff to wear suitable footwear
Making a claim for a slip, trip, or fall in the workplace
If you’ve had an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault you may be thinking about making a claim; if you suffered injuries, you have evidence of the incident and it occurred within the last 3 years, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you make a slip, trip or fall claim.
The firm is endorsed by TV consumer champion, Esther Rantzen and operates on a no win, no fee basis; the legal team has experience in a range of areas, from car crash claims to repetitive strain injury compensation.
Date Published: October 18, 2013
Author: David Brown