Slipped at work
If you have slipped at work and had an accidental injury as a consequence, and your employer did not take the correct safety procedures to protect you, then you may be eligible to make a compensation claim against your employer.
Injuries caused by slipping at work have become a more regular occurrence. Slip injuries are not always evident, though; it may be some weeks or months before an injury reveals itself. If the employee has had a mishap, they need to report the incident to their employer and fill out any paperwork for recording the injury.
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If you have slipped at work, what do you need to do?
An injury should be reported straight away. One difficulty that people often experience when they have slipped at work is that an injury might not be apparent straight away. Nevertheless, over time the symptoms of pain may not go away. It’s always important to document a possible trauma when it happens.
The reasons for a fall may be contrasting, but the inherent cause of any workplace injury is almost always neglect. The UK 1974 Work and Safety Act plainly states the responsibilities of employers. The law says that an employer has a care or duty to protect their workers. Employers must evaluate each job in terms of risk and have a duty of care to minimise the hazards that employees experience while doing a job, such as ensuring the work surroundings are free of hazards that could cause injury or illness.
Causes of slip and fall injuries
The contiguous reason for a slip or fall injury might be fluid on an even-textured surface, grain spills, hapless choice of building material and other mechanisms of injury. Regardless of the direct cause, the primary reason for these injuries is neglect. An employer has the responsibility of keeping their employees safe. When accidents happen on the job, they are usually the results of employer negligence. Diminution of risk is an employer’s responsibility. So, for example, when fluid is spilled, it is because the judgement of hazard has not properly occurred. The employer has a duty to evaluate each step of every process of each and every job function. The evaluation role is to cut down risk. When liquid is spilled, there is a breakdown in function. That dislocation of function lands squarely on the employer. Employers have a duty to make sure their workers are acting out their job functions. Employers have a duty to ensure that workers are on the job safely.
Can I claim?
If you have a slip or trip injury at work, you can claim for compensation. There is a variation between the submission of a claim and a successful compensation award. Filing a claim does not necessarily mean that you will get compensation. There is a process that claims essentially go through ahead of reaching the conclusion. Employees should look for help with a qualified solicitor who can help them to realise their rights.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you in making a claim. Just give one of our specialist advisers a call today on 0800 689 0500 and take the next step.
Date Published: 28th July 2013