Slipping or tripping at work sounds like a trivial occurance, but in reality a high proportion of such accidents involve serious injury.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, nearly 11,000 people suffered serious injury as a result of a slip or trip at work last year.
The HSE also estimate that 95% of major slips result in broken bones.
These accidents can occur as a result of various acts of negligence such as:-
There are responsibilities on an employer to provide a safe working environment to their employees, including preventing slips and trips. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 provide that every floor in a workplace and every traffic route in a workplace shall be of a construction which is suitable for the purpose for which it is used.
These Regulations apply to 'workplaces' which generally includes premises which are made available to any person as a place of work. There are some exclusions including ships, construction sites, some means of transport and domestic premises. Importantly, the floor or surface of traffic routes within the workplace must also not be uneven or slippery so as to expose a person to a risk of injury.
The Regulations also provide that, so far as is reasonably practicable, every floor in a workplace and the surface of every traffic route shall be kept free from obstructions and from any article or substance which may cause a person to slip, trip or fall.
If you have had an accident, even if you are unsure whether you would be able to claim compensation, contact our No Win No Fee lawyers today on 0800 0891331 and we can investigate matters for you and advise you on your first step towards receiving compensation.
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