According to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips, trips and falls are the single most common cause of injuries at work. They cost employers over £512 million a year, and account for over half of all reported injuries sustained by members of the public.
Your employer’s legal obligation to prevent slips, trips and falls
Your employer has a moral and legal obligation to minimise the risk of slips, trips and falls in the workplace.
The main causes of slips, trips and falls at work are:
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Wet surfaces
- Unsuitable floor coverings
- Trailing cables
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate housekeeping
To protect you from harm, your employer must therefore identify such slip, trip and fall hazards and implement suitable preventative measures.
Reducing the risks of slips, trips and falls
Reducing the risk of slip, trip and fall hazards is usually a simple task:
- Spillages – your employer should clean up spillages immediately and use signs to alert you to the hazards posed by wet surfaces.
- Trailing cables – your employer should use cable guards to cover all trailing cables that pose a trip hazard.
- Rugs and mats – your employer should ensure that rugs and mats are securely fixed and that the edges do not pose a trip hazard.
- Slippery surfaces – your employer should assess the cause of the slipperiness and treat the surface accordingly, for example, by chemically treating the surface and using appropriate cleaning materials.
- Poor lighting – your employer should improve lighting levels in order to ensure that there is even lighting over all floor areas.
If your employer ignores these responsibilities, for example, if he fails to carry out risk assessments and you sustain an injury following encountering a slip, trip and fall hazard in your workplace, you may be entitled to claim compensation through an accident lawyer.
Looking for an accident lawyer in Port Glasgow?
If you have been involved in an accident at work caused by the negligence of your employer, you must contact the Accident Advice Helpline and speak to us about the prospect of making a compensation claim through an accident lawyer.
We do not have a personal injury lawyer in Port Glasgow working directly for us but this doesn’t matter, we can still help you claim as we are a national injury law firm that covers all areas of the UK. So if you need a personal injury lawyer in Glasgow or anyway make us your first point of call.
To get in touch with us, all you have to do is pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline. You can reach us on 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 8th February 2014
Author: Jan Newell