Workplace Slip, Trip and Fall Injury Claims
Some working environments contain obvious and potentially serious hazards. Others seem fairly quiet and safe. However, accidents have the potential to occur in any workplace – especially if proper safety precautions are not observed – and one kind of accident at work that is relatively common even in seemingly danger-free workplaces is being injured in a trip, slip or fall.
Sometimes, accidents just happen. Other times, however, an accident such as tripping or slipping over in the workplace is down to a hazard that has not been properly dealt with by your employer. Those who have been injured in a trip or fall at work because of their employer’s failure to properly observe health and safety procedures may be legally entitled to claim compensation.
Causes of Trips, Slips and Falls in the Workplace
Many workplace trips and slips are caused by fairly straightforward hazards. Trips may be caused, for example, by steps in unexpected places or on thresholds. Where these exist in the workplace, they should usually be signposted because they are very easy to miss, but if this has not been done or if the warnings are not clear then it is very easy to trip and fall. Trips may also be caused by objects having been left in inappropriate places, such as in the middle of the floor in a corridor, in which case people will reasonably not be expecting to find an object in their path and may unexpectedly trip. The same thing applies to other inappropriate uses and placements of objects, such as stretching a power cord for some device across a room or corridor where people will be walking.
In some cases, trips and falls can also be caused by inappropriate maintenance. For example, if part of a floor has been taken up for maintenance reasons, then this can represent a serious trip or fall hazard. Legally, precautions should be taken to make it clear that such unusual and unexpected hazards as a hole in the floor are present and prevent people from tripping, but if this is not done properly then it can easily result in a fall.
Slipping in the workplace is most commonly caused by wet floors or spillages. Wetness on the floor can be very slippery and this can easily cause someone to fall. It can also be difficult to see that a floor is wet even if you are actively paying attention, depending on lighting conditions. This is why spillages should be dealt with as quickly as possible, and floors that are wet from cleaning are required to be marked with the familiar bright yellow wet floor sign.
Injuries Caused by Falling in the Workplace
Falling over as a result of a trip or slip can cause a wide range of injuries. These can vary widely in severity, from a minor bruising right up to serious long-term conditions.
Some of the more serious injuries occur when people land on their backs. The force of the fall can cause damage to the spine. In the most severe cases, this can cause temporary or permanent loss of mobility. When somebody hits their head on the ground, or on an item of furniture or other object during the fall, the consequences can be similarly serious. This can result in damage to the brain, and temporarily or permanently impair cognitive or motor functions.
Serious falls can also result in broken bones. This is especially true when falling forward, in which case people instinctively put out their arms to protect themselves and this can cause a bone in the arm to break.
Trips, Slips and Falls and the Law
The law is clear when it comes to safety in the workplace; employers are required to ensure that their workers do not face unnecessary hazards. If you have tripped, slipped or otherwise fallen at work and you were not at fault, and you believe the accident was caused by your employer failing to properly deal with a hazard, then you might be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.
Our goal at CompensationClaims.co is to make the process of claiming compensation for workplace accidents as easy and stress-free as it can possibly be. Our expert legal team will handle your case on a no win no fee agreement, so if you don’t win your claim you won’t have to pay us anything. For more information or to get your claim started, call us on 0161 447 9193.