One minute you are walking across the floor in your workplace and the next thing – bang – you land on the floor. This is a painful and embarrassing workplace incident for you but for the personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline it is the start of a Hornsea occupational claim. The sad fact is that Hornsea slips, trips and falls are a major cause of serious injuries at work and around 90% of these are broken bones. A broken bone is a very painful and distressing injury and causes huge disruption to the life of the injured person together with considerable financial loss.
When you contact the personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline they will be interested to hear about how the accident occurred. This is because they will need to prove who was at fault for your injury in Hornsea claim so that they can decide who should be pursued for compensation.
Most workplace slips are NOT just unfortunate accidents. Most could have been prevented and are the end result of many preventative measures not being put in place. There is a raft of guidance available to employers on how to prevent slips and trips in the workplace and how not to become involved in injury in Hornsea occupational claims.
Preventing injury in Hornsea slips, trips and falls
One vital element in preventing injury in Hornsea occupational slips and trips is cleaning. Strangely, the cleaning process can both prevent and cause injury in Hornsea slip claims.
- Cleaning can prevent claims by removing the contamination (often a spillage) that would have caused an employee to slip
- Cleaning can cause slips by making floor surfaces wet and slippery with cleaning chemicals and water
As a preventative measure, cleaning effectively can significantly reduce the number of slips and trips in a workplace. Effective cleaning starts at the design stage of a workplace. Employers who consult with the cleaners during the refurbishment of the workplace can find out which floors would be most suitable and what type of storage facilities are needed for cleaning equipment.
As a causative factor, if cleaning is carried out poorly it results in a very dangerous floor surface.
When are injury in Hornsea slip claims likely to happen?
Nearly all injury in Hornsea occupational slip claims occur because floors are wet or dirty or both. The dirt is often referred to as a contaminant or as contamination. Contamination can be oil, food debris, dust, grease or any other substance that is on the floor but should not be there.
Where the workplace floor is very smooth, it only takes a very small amount of contamination to produce a very slippery situation. Smooth floor surfaces would be:
- Glazed ceramic tiles
- Varnished wood
The key to preventing slips in the workplace is the prevention of contamination but if contamination has occurred then the next best preventative measure is spot cleaning.
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail then make sure you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisers can be reached on 0800 689 0500 now.