Research has found that the most common cause of injuries and accidents in the workplace is due to employees slipping, tripping or falling. They make up over a third of all major injuries in the workplace, and can sometimes end up with very serious consequences.
There are many things that can cause a slip or trip at work. Freeclaim Solicitors have looked at 5 of the most common causes of slips and falls which can cause injuries in the workplace.
- Flooring – uneven or slippery flooring can considerably increase the risk of someone having a slip or fall at work. Appropriate flooring should always be installed in all work places. This should be suitable for the job, in a good condition, and without any obstacles or obstructions.
- Footwear – correct footwear should be provided that is suitable for the floor installed in the workplace. Different footwear is suited to different flooring, so this should be fully assessed and looked into to prevent the risks of slipping or falling.
- The environment – poor or dull lighting may prevent someone from seeing obstacles and cause them to trip and fall. Likewise, lighting which is too bright my cause a glare and reduce eye sight. Office spaces may have trailing wires which could cause someone to trip, and on building sites, tools and equipment may cause a tripping hazard. Other factors such as the weather, (particularly ice and frost) can also increase the risk of someone slipping or falling.
- Colleagues – unfortunately, other co-workers may leave obstacles in the way that can cause you to trip and fall. They may also leave accidental spillages which have not been reported or cleaned up properly.
- Contamination – this can be from spills or overflows, as well as leaks and any cleaning activity. Adequate cleaning controls should be introduced to assess the risks of contamination and get them cleaned up fully to reduce the risk of floors becoming slippery.
With slips and trips making up so many accidents at work, employers and employees need to be made aware of the dangers and act to reduce them.
Nicola Hughes, a senior solicitor at Freeclaim who specialises in work injury claims comments, “Employers should ensure that any workplace is safe and any risks to employees sustaining injury are minimised. Whether this is putting in place a cleaning rota to reduce spillages and contamination, or ensuring all staff wear the appropriate equipment provided, they should be proactive in keeping their workforce safe to prevent accidents.”
If they fail to do this, and you become injured as a result, you may be able to claim accident at work compensation.
At Freeclaim Solicitors, we have over 30 years’ experience in workplace accident compensation claims and tripping claims. Our specialist solicitors have helped thousands of clients claim compensation after an accident at work, and understand how difficult it can be following an accident.
If you have been injured in an accident at work, call us today on 0800 612 7340. All enquiries are completely free, with no obligation, and all are workplace accident claims taken on a no win, no fee basis, so there is no financial risk to you. Alternatively, you can fill in our online enquiry form, and one of our specialist solicitors will call you back.