There are several reasons why you might need to make a claim for slips, trips and falls in Clackmannanshire, but one of the most common must be due to workplace accidents.
Many people don’t realise they can claim for this sort of accident in the workplace, squarely placing the blame on their own clumsiness rather than their employer’s inability to do all they can to prevent it from happening.
As with every aspect of employment, your employer has a legal obligation to provide a safe working environment for all members of staff. As part of this is a regulation that states, ‘Require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.’ In an ideal world, this would be easily enforced, and there would be no need to talk about slips, trips and falls in Clackmannanshire.
Finding the rights flooring to avoid slip, trips and falls in Clackmannanshire
When this regulation says a floor needs to be suitable it means more than just flat and under your feet. It is also referring to the correct choice of floorcovering, as well as the need to keep the covering maintained to an acceptable standard, and keeping it as free as possible form obstruction.
Assessing the correct floor covering with the correct slip resistance isn’t always as obvious as it might seem, and the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) website has a detailed PDF about correctly assessing the covering needed.
Regardless of the slip resistance of a floor, any surface can become extremely hazardous when wet, which is most commonly caused when the floor is being cleaned. The most obvious preventative action to take when performing cleaning is to ensure it is well signposted to warn employees of any increased risk.
There are many other factors that can contribute to slips, trips and falls. Environmental conditions often play a large factor, whether naturally occurring such as snow or ice, or man made problems such as poor lighting in a stairwell, both can be minimised by implementing the correct procedures.
If whether conditions take a turn for the worse then you can use grit to help increase the traction for pedestrians visiting your premises. Areas with poor lighting should either be better illuminated, or at the very least have proper handrails to provide guidance and support in tricky conditions.
Even if everyone takes every precaution possible, there will always be some slips, trips and falls in Clackmannanshire. If you are one of the unfortunate people that falls victim to this type of accident then you should contact Accident Advice Helpline immediately on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Our highly trained specialists will ensure you receive the best possible outcome with the least amount of hassle.
Date Published: 30th November 2014