When you think of an injury claim then you may think about a horrendous car accident or a fall from a height on a building site. In fact, the majority of injury claims that Accident Advice Helpline deal with are not spectacular at all. Many of them are slips, trips and falls in work or in public areas. Just because they are not spectacular does not mean that they are not extremely serious or that they cannot cause very serious injuries. Broken limbs, head injuries and back problems can all be caused by slips, trips and falls and can all feature in injury claims.
The injury claims often arise because some basic safety precautions were not followed. It just takes a little thought and effort to remove slip and trip hazards and so make slip and trip claims much less likely to happen in the first place. The personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline find themselves dealing the with the same slip and trip hazards over and over again and many of these are related to the cleaning operations at the premises where the accident took place. Here are some examples.
Examples of trip hazards that could feature in a trip injury claim
- Cables and leads – scrubber driers, polishers, power washers and vacuum cleaners are usually powered by electricity and so they will inevitable have power leads trailing from them. This could be avoided by using a battery operated version but this is not always possible. If the cleaning task is carried out during quiet periods or outside normal working/opening hours then fewer people will be exposed to the hazard. Signs and barriers could also be used as warnings of the hazard. Overhead cable could also be useful.
- A cleaning operation often involves collecting rubbish and boxes, bags and so on are often left in piles in corridors waiting for collection. This can prevent a serious trip hazard. This temporary hazard can be avoided by taking refuse directly to an external collection point that is clearly marked and where access is restricted.
- Curling mats, missing floor tiles and small holes are classic trip hazards and could feature in a trip injury claim. Cleaners are ideally placed to spot these hazards.
- Lighting can be contributory factor in many trip injury claims. Cleaners should report missing bulbs and defective lighting so that this can be remedied promptly.
Claiming with Accident Advice Helpline or an injury claims solicitor in Leadenham
Although Accident Advice Helpline do not have access to a local injury claims solicitor in Leadenham they can still represent you and your claim. This is because they are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need an injury claims solicitor in Leadenham look no further than this expert service.
Give the team a call today on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 and speak to a friendly advisor who will be able to guide you through the claims process.
Date Published: 10th December 2013
Author: David Brown