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Slips, Trips and Falls

Your guide to slips, trips and falls in the workplace

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Workplace slips, trips and falls explained

Slips, trips and falls remain the most common types of accidents in the workplace. If something unexpectedly causes you to lose your balance, you might just suffer a stubbed toe or you could be off work for months with a serious back injury.

Nearly three in ten accidents are caused by slips and trips (Health & Safety Executive, 2013/14). Whether you work in a factory, warehouse, store or office, there is always a risk of stumbling every time you walk across any surface, inside or outside work premises.

Tripping on a wet or freshly polished floor at work can happen the moment you walk into work in the morning. An accident can take place, for example, when there is no warning sign to draw your attention to avoid a spillage or leak on the floor or stairs.

If employer negligence can be proven and you have suffered injuries as a result of this, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. As experienced workplace injury compensation specialists, we know you want to see your employers held to account for failing to properly protect you from the risk of a slip, trip or fall.

We ensure that your case is properly investigated, both expertly and sensitively, and help you build the best possible case for appropriate compensation to support you now and in the future.

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Alison Saul, Director of Personal Injury leads our Personal Injury and Road Accident teams. A fully qualified solicitor with over 15 years of experience and expertise, Alison is dedicated to achieving the highest levels of compensation for her clients as well as ensuring high quality client care.

Slip, trip and fall compensation team

Alison is assisted by her team managers, Philip Waters Lee Quinn, Jenna Hargreaves, and Kathryn Langton. Philip, Lee, and Jenna lead legal teams focussing on Road Traffic Accident cases while Kathyrn leads our Personal Injury team. Together they have a wealth of experience in personal injury compensation.

Philip, a qualified solicitor, has over 18 years’ experience in personal injury compensation. Having previously worked for a large insurance company, he has extensive insights in how to engage effectively with insurers to achieve the level of compensation our clients deserve. Philip deals with cases of high value, complex cases, and recently secured £1.6 million in compensation for one of his clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident.

Lee has over 15 years’ specialist experience in Personal Injury claims and also manages a wide variety of high value, complex cases. Lee has extensive experience of working with insurance companies, acting for both claimants and defendants, and so understands how to secure the highest levels of compensation for the victims of road traffic accidents.

Jenna is a qualified solicitor and has studied to become a barrister. Jenna leads the internal reviews of our case management processes to ensure excellent, efficient case handling and high levels of client satisfaction.

Kathryn, also a qualified solicitor, specialises in accidents at work, public liability and accidents abroad. Kathryn deals with a wide variety of cases, often including accidents that involve serious, complex injuries.

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There are many people injured in accidents each year through no fault of their own and the circumstances will be different in each instance. Our team has extensive experience of successfully managing a wide range of personal injury claims, so we can help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve.

Alison Saul

Director of Personal Injury

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Obtaining a full description of your accident
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Obtaining your medical records
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Contacting the company responsible for your accident
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Arranging your medical assessment
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Collating details of your financial loss
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Your questions... answered

What are the most common causes of trips, slips and falls at work?

Tripping and slipping accidents at work are most often caused by:

  • Wet floors - where a leak or spillage has not been cleared or a temporary hazard warning sign not put in place. 
  • Uneven floors – where a concrete step is cracked or chipped, a metal walkway is worn smooth, or a carpet tile is loose. 

Busy workplaces can quickly become cluttered or items such as off-cuts or food waste can fall on the floor. Sometimes trailing electrical cables are not securely fixed or have come loose. You are always at risk of catching your toe, knee, elbow or clothing when it is least expected. Hazards can become lethal if, for example, a handrail is missing or there is inadequate lighting due to a failed light bulb. Not all cabs on company lorries are fitted with safety handles.

Tripping on a wet or freshly polished floor at work can happen the moment you walk into work in the morning. An accident can take place, for example, when there is no warning sign to draw your attention to avoid a spillage or leak on the floor or stairs.

Sometimes there is a longer term safety issue which continues to be neglected, such as:

  • Chipped, cracked and uneven paved or concrete floors
  • A metal walkway is worn smooth
  • Carpet tiles are loose and corners are curling up
  • Inadequate lighting in stairwells, stockrooms or warehouse areas
  • Inadequate or no handrails

Slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of major injuries to employees in the workplace. You may be employed in an industry with a known high rate of slips and trips and falls, including:

  • Construction
  • Transport and storage
  • Manufacturing
  • Health and social care

Your fall may have caused a minor cut or bruise but it could be more serious. If you sprained your ankle or fractured a rib you may be off work for a few weeks, but if you injured your head or damaged your back, it’s very likely that you may not be able to return to work for many months. In some cases, an injury may cause a life-changing disability requiring surgery, long-term care, support and ongoing treatment.

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What are your employer’s responsibilities?

Your employer has a legal responsibility to all employees, sub-contractors, delivery drivers and visitors to ensure the workplace meets health and safety regulations in order to prevent the risk of an accident. This means keeping floors and passageways free from obstructions or substances which may cause you to trip or slip. Where this is not possible, your employer has a duty of care to warn you of the hazard.

Often the reason why a slip, trip or fall occurs is because of a lack of regular and specific task-related risk assessments. Few workplaces stay the same and safety requirements will need to be updated to reflect changing conditions.

An employer is required by law to manage health and safety in the workplace to minimise the risk of an accident causing an injury to all staff, contractors and visitors while on the premises.

What are your employers responsibilities when it comes to risk assessments?

A risk assessment should focus on “real risks” – those that may lead to slip or trip injuries and are most likely to cause harm. Employees should also be asked what they think the hazards are, as they are more likely to notice new, recent or long-standing issues that need to be addressed, such as:

  • Contaminated floors
  • Incorrect floor cleaning methods
  • Daily use of worn floor areas, passage ways, stairs, warehouse, loading ramps, delivery bays
  • The need for correct footwear for specific work areas.
  • Sufficient lighting

Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, employers have a duty to ensure that there is sufficient lighting which is safe and does not pose a health risk to employees and others who may use their premises.

All areas of a workplace should be well-lit to avoid the risk of trips and slips, not only where employees are working but also those they use as access between different areas, such as stairwells, overhead walkways, rear entrances, and delivery bays.  The lighting should be suitably positioned so that it may be properly maintained and lamps replaced.

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What does the law say about slips, trips and falls?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW Act) requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control the risk of slips and trips.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 specifically refers to slip, trip and fall accidents, requiring employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and, where necessary, take action to address them.

Tripping and slipping accidents at work are most often caused by:

  • Wet floors - where a leak or spillage has not been cleared or a temporary hazard warning sign not put in place. 
  • Uneven floors – where a concrete step is cracked or chipped, a metal walkway is worn smooth, or a carpet tile is loose. 

Busy workplaces can quickly become cluttered or items such as off-cuts or food waste can fall on the floor. Sometimes trailing electrical cables are not securely fixed or have come loose. You are always at risk of catching your toe, knee, elbow or clothing when it is least expected. Hazards can become lethal if, for example, a handrail is missing or there is inadequate lighting due to a failed light bulb. Not all cabs on company lorries are fitted with safety handles.

Tripping on a wet or freshly polished floor at work can happen the moment you walk into work in the morning. An accident can take place, for example, when there is no warning sign to draw your attention to avoid a spillage or leak on the floor or stairs.

Sometimes there is a longer term safety issue which continues to be neglected, such as:

  • Chipped, cracked and uneven paved or concrete floors
  • A metal walkway is worn smooth
  • Carpet tiles are loose and corners are curling up
  • Inadequate lighting in stairwells, stockrooms or warehouse areas
  • Inadequate or no handrails

Slips, trips and falls continue to be the most common cause of major injuries to employees in the workplace. You may be employed in an industry with a known high rate of slips and trips and falls, including:

  • Construction
  • Transport and storage
  • Manufacturing
  • Health and social care

Your fall may have caused a minor cut or bruise but it could be more serious. If you sprained your ankle or fractured a rib you may be off work for a few weeks, but if you injured your head or damaged your back, it’s very likely that you may not be able to return to work for many months. In some cases, an injury may cause a life-changing disability requiring surgery, long-term care, support and ongoing treatment.

Read less

Your employer has a legal responsibility to all employees, sub-contractors, delivery drivers and visitors to ensure the workplace meets health and safety regulations in order to prevent the risk of an accident. This means keeping floors and passageways free from obstructions or substances which may cause you to trip or slip. Where this is not possible, your employer has a duty of care to warn you of the hazard.

Often the reason why a slip, trip or fall occurs is because of a lack of regular and specific task-related risk assessments. Few workplaces stay the same and safety requirements will need to be updated to reflect changing conditions.

An employer is required by law to manage health and safety in the workplace to minimise the risk of an accident causing an injury to all staff, contractors and visitors while on the premises.

A risk assessment should focus on “real risks” – those that may lead to slip or trip injuries and are most likely to cause harm. Employees should also be asked what they think the hazards are, as they are more likely to notice new, recent or long-standing issues that need to be addressed, such as:

  • Contaminated floors
  • Incorrect floor cleaning methods
  • Daily use of worn floor areas, passage ways, stairs, warehouse, loading ramps, delivery bays
  • The need for correct footwear for specific work areas.
  • Sufficient lighting

Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, employers have a duty to ensure that there is sufficient lighting which is safe and does not pose a health risk to employees and others who may use their premises.

All areas of a workplace should be well-lit to avoid the risk of trips and slips, not only where employees are working but also those they use as access between different areas, such as stairwells, overhead walkways, rear entrances, and delivery bays.  The lighting should be suitably positioned so that it may be properly maintained and lamps replaced.

Read less

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW Act) requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control the risk of slips and trips.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 specifically refers to slip, trip and fall accidents, requiring employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and, where necessary, take action to address them.