Slips, trips and falls are major causes of employee accidents in the workplace. In fact, UK businesses pay out many thousands of pounds to workers who have taken a tumble during working hours. In most cases, these incidents could be avoided if the employers concerned took the time to make sure that their premises were as clear as possible of threats that could result in people falling over.
It is pretty simple these days for injured workers to retain the services of a top 100% ‘no win, no fee’ Dover car accident solicitor such as Accident Advice Helpline. So if you do own a business, regardless of whether it is a one-man operation, an SME or a large enterprise, it will be well worth your while to take a look at your premises to make sure there are as few slip, trip and fall hazards as possible.
Banishing slip, trip and fall hazards and Dover car accident solicitors
- Take a good look around all of your floor surfaces for any imperfections that could pose a risk of tripping somebody up. Fill in any cracks in stone walkways, make sure no floorboards are raised and check that any carpet that has frayed or turned up is put right. This might cost you a few quid, but could save you a small fortune in personal injury pay-outs.
- Ensure that all walkways are kept clear of clutter, especially areas of particularly high traffic. Make sure your staff know that you expect these areas to be kept clear at all times. If these are not and somebody is injured, you could face having to pay Dover car accident compensation, not the person who was responsible for leaving trip hazards around.
- Ensure that any spillages are cleaned up as quickly as possible. If it is going to take a while to get a spillage cleaned up, cordon it off with warning signs so nobody walks over it.
- In poor weather, make sure that all entrances to your building are kept clear and dry. Leave out an absorbent door mat, and make sure the area is cleared of sludge regularly.
Personal injury action
You might be surprised to learn just how easy it can be for an employee to take action against you after suffering a slip, trip of fall. It really can be as simple as calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. If the company is happy to take an employee’s Dover car accident case on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ basis, the worker in question will not even have to pay anything to get his case off the ground.
Date Published: 1st June 2014
Author: David Brown