Slips and trips at work Claims
Slips, Trips and Falls at work
Of all the accidents that occur in the work places, slips and trips at work are by far the most common making up over a third of all injuries reported in the last year. According to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over 10,000 of these trip victims were seriously injured as a result.
Of all the personal injury accidents that we cater for, slips, trips and falls are the most easily avoided. Unfortunately, some employers do not take the risks seriously and some simply assume that slips, trip and falls are an inevitability. The majority of these accidents are due to poor housekeeping where spillages are not cleared up and tripping hazards are not properly removed.
95% of major trips at work result in broken bones and many of these victims will go on to suffer from other symptoms and conditions as a result. 20% of all trip victims will have to take 3 or more days off work to recuperate; whilst 2 fatalities are caused by slips and trips at work each year.
50% of all slips and trips that are reported happen to members of the public in the workplace; whilst the total financial damage to employers amounts to around £512 million per year. The NHS will then foot a bill for almost £133 million each year in helping these people recover. More of the major injuries occur in manufacturing and in the service sector than anywhere else. The solution to this problem is often simple; a risk assessment of the premises should be carried out to identify the risks, whilst suitable procedures and controls should instituted to minimise the risks to protect employees and members of the public. When assessing the premises, a health and safety or insurance professional will examine an number of areas.
These may include:
- Choice of suitable footwear
- Design of workplace and work activities
- Effective matting systems
- Effective training and supervision
- Prevention of contamination
- Maintenance of plant and the work environment
- Management of spillages and cleaning regimes
- Specification of appropriate flooring
Employers have a duty of care to their staff and they must take reasonable steps to protect visiting members of the public. According to the law, employers must provide suitable training and equipment to keep employees safe whilst working to minimise all risks as much as is humanly possible. The volume of protective legislation is staggering, but some notable pieces include the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 as well as British and European standards. All of these clearly outline and define your employers responsibilities to you; so if you fall victim to a slip or trip at work, it is possible that you may have suffered as a result of their negligence. If this can be proven, you will be eligible to make a slip at work compensation claim.
What Causes slips and trips at Work?
In most cases, contaminated floors and tripping hazards resulting from employer negligence are the prime cause of slips and trips at work. Some of the biggest barriers to rectifying these problems could be due to a poor understanding of the causes of trips and falls, the poor application of risk management practices and procedures and the assumption that these accidents are inevitable.
This should not be the case however, you have the right to work within your role without fear of injury, so where the risk of injury makes an accident likely, your employer has a duty to prevent it. Where their policies, procedures or attitudes fail in doing so, an accident is likely to occur and this can have profound consequences for the victim of this negligent behaviour; this can range from agonising pain and time off work to debilitating and permanent injury.
Where such employer behaviours are present, there is a good chance that your employer could have taken steps to prevent your slip, trip or fall and where this can be proven, you may be eligible to make a slip and fall compensation claim.
What should happen in the event of a slip, trip or fall?
The actions taken will depend entirely upon the circumstances of the accident. In less serious slipping or tripping incidents, a first aider should be on hand to provide support to the victim, whilst other members of staff should clear up the original cause of the accident to prevent others from injuring themselves. Such accidents should be noted in an accident book and any eyewitnesses should submit their names to this record, in the event that they are contacted in relation to trip at work accidents in future.
If the victim has hit an object on their way down, or has sustained a head injury, be sure to support the affected area to prevent further injury and call for medical help. In the event that the victim is unconscious, keep their airway clear and where excessive bleeding occurs, control this as best you can until professional medical help arrives.
As the victim of such an accident, you should speak to a personal injury solicitor
as quickly as possible. Getting legal advice early can help you to establish a claim for compensation and doing so will ensure that the evidence is recent, and that you can still recollect the events in the greatest detail.
Trip at Work Compensation Claims
Injuries sustained as a result of a slip, trip or fall in the workplace can be incredibly painful and frustrating. The severity of the injury will depend upon how you slipped, how you fell, how much you weigh, your physical resilience and the presence of any dangerous objects or substances nearby. Although it is quite common to suffer serious strains, fractures and broken bones as a result. In more serious circumstances, individuals can fall onto dangerous tools and equipment or into harmful substances. Whatever the injury, it is likely that you will need to take time off to recover and taking time off can result in a substantial loss of income. A successful slip compensation claim can help to mitigate the loss of earnings, whilst paying towards medical treatment that will see you on the road to recovery.
To maximise your chances of making a successful slip compensation claim, you should speak to Asons Solicitors today. We can act on your behalf to collate the required records and evidence to substantiate your claim whilst providing expert support and advice along the way.
We deal with slips and trips at work every day, so we understand how hard it can be for sufferers to take this important and decisive step. The law protects those who come forward to claim compensation, so if you fear for your job security, don't be put off from making a claim. If your employer has been negligent in their duty to provide a safe working environment for you, and you have suffered as a result, compensation is the lawful way for them to make amends.
I think I may be affected, what should I do?
If you have suffered an injury due to a slip or trip at work, you should contact Asons Solicitors today. We can arrange for you to see a specialist who will be able to determine the best course of treatment for you, whilst noting down the true extent of your injuries for our records. We can then use this to begin building your claim for slip compensation.
After conferring with us, you should also speak to your current employer. You should check to see that your injury can be accommodated, whilst ensuring that appropriate measures are taken to prevent other staff members and colleagues from becoming victims of the same accident that you were involved in.
Where else can I find help and advice?
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) provides plenty of helpful information for both employers and victims of slipping and tripping accidents. It provides brochures and printed material for use around the work place as well as guides and checklists for ensuring employee safety. It also includes directions to other support groups that deal with specific injuries so you may find added support and information there.
Other resources that you might find useful include:
How can Asons Solicitors help?
We understand that being the victim of a slip or trip at work can be stressful, and that the resulting time off work and loss of income can be frustrating. No one knows this better than our expert personal injury solicitors. By speaking to us, you will be guaranteed to receive the utmost care and attention whilst we deal with your slip compensation claim.
To begin making a claim, you can contact our personal injury helpline on 01204 521 133 or alternatively, you can fill out our trip at work compensation claim form.