Had a slip or fall at work? You’re not alone. In 2013/14, slips and trips were the most common cause of major injuries to employees, with falls from height the next most common.
While employers are required by law to protect the health and safety of their employees, unfortunately, such incidents do happen. Wherever you work, whether it’s an office or a construction site, you could fall victim to a trip or a fall. This guide outlines common causes of slips and falls, your employer’s responsibilities and how you can go about making a personal injury claim for an accident at work.
Common Causes of Slips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls accounted for 1.5 million lost working days in 2013/14, the last year for which data is currently available. These accidents are commonly caused by incidents when working at height, uneven floor surfaces, inadequate floor coverings, wet floors, uncovered manholes and potholes, trailing cables, poor lighting and poor general workplace maintenance.
Your Employer’s Responsibilities
Employers are bound by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which requires them to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone affected by their work. This would include taking steps to control slip, trip and fall risks. Your employer should be able to demonstrate that they have undertaken risk assessments, provided training where necessary, have a working health and safety management system and are aware of relevant health and safety law and regulations.
As an employee, you have certain responsibilities, too. You must take reasonable care of yourself and others and comply with your employer’s health and safety policy. You should also be proactive, spotting and fixing slip and fall risk areas, keeping floors dry and reporting any near-misses.
Claiming for Slips and Falls at Work
If you have had a slip or a fall at work, you might be able to claim compensation. To see if you can make a personal injury claim for a slip or fall at work, a good first step is to speak to a solicitor who specialises in slips and fall claims, such as AYB Law
If it can be proved that your employer’s negligence resulted in your injury, then you could be in a good position to make a personal injury claim for a slip or fall at work.