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Slips & Trips Claims

What are Slips & Trips in the Workplace? 
Slips or trips in the workplace are unfortunately extremely common. In 2013/2014, they accounted for over a third of all reported employee injuries. Conversely, they are one of the simplest types of accidents for an employer to avoid. Many slips and trips in the workplace are caused by:

  • unsuitable flooring 
  • failing to provide safety measures, such as handrails or stair grip treads 
  • wet surfaces 
  • tripping hazards 
Employers have to abide by a set of health and safety laws and regulations to control the risk of injury to their employees, including injuries arising from trips or slips. These regulations give a wide definition of the workplace, including common parts of shared buildings, private roads and paths, industrial estates, business parks, offices and even temporary work sites. Providing that the premises are non-domestic, your workplace is likely to be covered.

Who is affected by Slips and Trips in the Workplace?
Any worker can be affected by a slip or trip in the workplace. As long as the employer has control of the premises, they are under a duty to protect against the risk of trips and slips to those working on the premises. The rules do not just apply to employees in their permanent place of work, but also casual workers, agency workers, and those that are self-employed can be affected. 

What can I do?
As an employee, you have a duty to look after your own health and safety whilst at work, as well as the health and safety of other people in the workplace that could be affected by your actions. It is important that you report any hazards you notice in the workplace to your employer as soon as possible. Hazards that could cause someone to slip or trip in the workplace include: 

  • spilled liquids 
  • Items left on the floor 
  • trailing wires 
  • damaged or lifted carpets 
  • leaks 
  • defective steps and stairs 
  • potholes 
  • wet weather 
You should ensure that you follow all health and safety policies that your employer has put in place, as well as adhering to your training. Hazards should be cleared and/or removed immediately, with warnings signs put in place where appropriate. 

How can claiming for compensation help me?
If you have suffered personal injury as a result of slip or trip in the workplace you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Slips and trips at work can result in a wide variety of injuries, from bruising or a sprained ankle to broken bones and head injuries.

Suffering an injury at work can have serious consequences for you and your family, with many people having to survive on limited sick pay following an accident. Pursuing a claim will not only ensure that you are properly compensated for your injury, but will mean that you are reimbursed for any losses and expenses that you have incurred. This includes any lost earnings of future loss of earnings if your injury means that you have to take time off work or cannot return to work at all. Medical treatment and travelling to appointments could also be included as part of the loss of the compensation. 

Claiming compensation will also give you access to the best rehabilitation and treatment providers to maximise your recovery following the accident. The NHS provides excellent care at the acute stage following an injury, but long term rehabilitation can be lacking. Making a successful claim for compensation will mean funding is made available for a range of expert input where appropriate. 

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