What Are Common Examples Of Slips, Trips, And Falls At Work?
Most commonly, claims pertaining to slips, trips and falls in the workplace are related to work at height, usually involving a ladder. There have been a number of cases where inadequate guidance from the employer on ladder safety has resulted in a fall from a ladder at work. In other cases, appropriate instruction on the safe use of ladders was provided, but a worker was using unsuitable, faulty, unsecure ladders or stepladders which still resulted in injury.
Other injuries might be caused by uncovered potholes, equipment left lying about in unsuitable places, or liquid which hasn’t been mopped up like it ought to be, as well as adverse environmental conditions that weren’t adequately prepared for by the employer. In these cases, the employer may be judged to be liable for any employee injuries suffered, and a claim for compensation may be built.
It is easy to underestimate the level of damage a simple avoidable fall at work can cause. 95% of major trips at work result in broken bones and many of these victims then suffer resulting complications such as psychological distress and time off work leading to financial losses (20% of trip victims require 3 or more days off to recover). The NHS foots a bill for almost £133 million each year in helping these people recover, and their time spent in dealing with the avoidable injuries caused may be taken away from other patients in need, contributing to the overworked and understaffed NHS we have today.
The solution to this problem is often simple. A risk assessment of the premises should be undertaken to identify the risks, whilst suitable procedures and controls should be implemented to protect employees and members of the public.
What Are My Employer’s Responsibilities To Prevent Me Slipping?
As stated, slips and trips at work are usually preventable by taking some common sense precautions in the interest of worker safety, and these actions are part of an employer’s responsibility. When employers carry out their risk assessments of their premises as they should, they should identify and eliminate any tripping hazards such as trailing wires, stray equipment or damaged carpets. To eliminate the risk of liquid spillage which may cause slipping, they also have a responsibility to ensure that the working premises are in a safe state of repair, with risk of leaking – for example, from the roof or the plumbing system as well as any specialist containers – eliminated.
If such leakage is unavoidable, anti-slip mats, anti-slip painted surfaces or coatings may be provided. Handrails should also be installed in areas where slips and trips are likely, and shoes with high-friction, anti-slip soles where the surface can also be provided. Alongside basic safety training where risks are present, potholes should be identified and repaired, and ladders frequently checked to ensure that they are fit for purpose.
Adverse weather conditions should be monitored in advance when outside work is necessary, and systems should be instated to ensure high friction materials such as the application of salt, sand or grit are used to treat icy, snowy, or frozen surfaces under their control. Above all, an employer must make sure an employee is aware of possible risks faced in the workplace – for example falls from height, potholes, ladders, and liquid slippage – and takes measures to address those risks in the interests of health and safety.
How Do I Know If I Have A Slips, Trips, And Falls At Work Claim?
Claims may be made in cases where it can be proved that an employer’s negligence of health and safety principles has resulted in avoidable injury to someone under their liability. According to the law, employers must provide suitable training and equipment to keep their employees safe whilst working to minimise all risks as much as is humanly possible. In the past, it has been difficult to prove cases such as this one way or the other, but in modern times, the volume of protective legislation put into place is staggering, and may give an employee insight into their rights.
Notable literature includes 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, which all clearly outline and define an employer’s responsibilities to you. If employer negligence can be proven against these guidelines and you have suffered complications as a result, you will be eligible to make a slip at work compensation claim.
Our Slips, Trips, And Falls At Work Claims Experience
At Asons Solicitors, we understand how injuries sustained as a result of a slip, trip or fall in the workplace can be painful, frustrating, and even, in some cases, debilitating. From bruises and bumps to bone breakages and fractures, more serious circumstances have even seen individuals can fall onto dangerous tools and equipment or into harmful substances with devastating consequences. Whatever the injury, it is likely that time off will be needed to recover which can result in a substantial loss of income. Victims may also suffer negative psychological symptoms from being let down by a trusted employer and even from blaming themselves for an industrial fall, which is a common causative factor of unhealthy stress. A successful slip compensation claim can help mitigate that loss of earnings, whilst paying towards medical treatment to ensure a full and healthy recover.
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 every step of 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 it is imperative that you do not fear for your job security when electing to make a claim. If an 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.
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.
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. Shattered Lives is a foundation set up to help victims deal with workplace incidents which cause them debilitating injury.