Slip and fall injury law – do you know where you stand?
Did you know that the Health And Safety at Work Act from 1974 requires your employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees at all times and the health and safety of anyone affected by their work?
Employers have a duty of care to ensure that risks and hazards within the working environment are constantly monitored and codes of practice are put into place and properly upheld to ensure the safety of the working environment for their employees.
Employee slip and fall law requirements
It also requires that employees assume reasonable care of themselves or others affected by their working practices and to comply with any health and safety issues or directives laid down by their management team.
Therefore, if an employee becomes aware of a potentially dangerous situation or a flaw in a health and safety brief then it is considered their responsibility to inform their employer of the matter immediately so that additional action may be taken to ensure the health and safety within the workplace.
How can you do your bit to enforce slip and fall law within your workplace?
- It is in everyone’s best interests that workplaces are safe environments for employees and by using a bit of initiative and common sense you can contribute directly to the well being of your comrades and peoples affected by your working practices. Simple but effective steps which are made promptly could make all the difference and ensure the safety of your working environment and prevent a dreadful accident from taking place.
- Report any “near misses” or near accidents promptly to your line manager. They will be able to revise their risk assessment immediately. If you fail to log the near miss the next person involved may not be so fortunate and you could find yourself liable for negligence.
- Do your part and assist with keeping floors clear of obstruction, clean and dry.
- Clear up spillages immediately. If for some reason you have to leave the affected area before being able to clear up properly ensure that a hazard cone is clearly deployed.
- Avoid causing wires or cabling to trail along the floor
- Adhere to all safety advice. It is there to make the lives of yourself, your colleagues, and passers by safe.
If in spite of following all the safety advice you are unfortunate enough to have had an accident whilst at work and been injured during a slip or fall then the slip and fall law is there to protect you. It states that victim’s of non-fault accidents who have been injured through no fault of their own are entitled to make an injury claim and receive compensation.
To find out more about how slip and fall law affects you and about making an injury claim call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.