According to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, nearly 11,000 workers in the UK suffered serious injuries from a slip or trip in their workplace, accounting for a third of all reported major work-related injuries. Taken together, slipping and tripping accidents are likely to cost employers over £500 million, from lost revenue coupled with other costs relating to injured workers, including hiring temporary staff and statutory sick pay.
Preventing slips and trips in the workplace can save employers substantial amounts of money from the costs of claims. In many cases simple measures can be taken to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. Probably the most cost-effective way of reducing slipping and tripping accidents is through awareness training of staff members so that they understand the common hazards, and the steps to take to reduce the risk of slips and trips, both for themselves and for their colleagues or members of the public who might be in the same area.
Signage, posters and other notices, often a favourite of businesses looking to comply with health and safety laws can, if used indiscriminately, be of almost no use in alerting people to slipping and tripping hazards. Overuse of signage reduces the impact, and in many cases people will ‘tune out’ notices if they encounter them too frequently – which means they might not be aware of a very real risk.
Slip and Trip Accident Claims
Obviously when it comes to slips and trips, preventing the accident by identifying risks and taking appropriate action is the best policy. But if the worst happens and you are injured in an accident, through no fault of your own, then a specialist personal injury claims solicitor can help to make the process of claiming compensation understandable and stress-free.
Camps Solicitors are a firm of accident claim lawyers who help people who, through no fault of their own, have been injured by slipping on or tripping over a hazard to make claims for compensation on a No-Win No-Fee basis.
Author: Neil Worrall