Almost all slips occur when floors are wet or dirty. Floors contaminated with water, oil, food debris and dust can potentially be hazardous. If the floor has a smooth surface such as standard vinyl, glazed ceramic tiles, varnished wood and some metal floor finishes, it would only take a tiny amount of contamination to present a real slip problem and major injury. Trips can also take place on damaged, uneven and badly laid floors or because obstacles have been left where people do not expect to find them.
Wet floor slips are the most common cause of major injuries at work. Around 90% of these injuries result in fractures and/or broken bones. People often slip on floors that have been left wet after cleaning. Cleaning can present slip and trip hazards to those entering the area being cleaned, including the cleaners themselves. For example, smooth floors left damp and wet after mopping are likely to be extremely slippery and trailing wires from a vacuum or buffing machines can present a life threatening trip hazard.
People rarely slip on clean dry floors. However, floors in poor condition and bad housekeeping are responsible for most trip injuries at work.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees and others who may be affected by their work activity. For instance, contractors have a general duty towards their client and vice versa. It also requires employees not to endanger themselves or others and use any safety equipment provided.
If you have slipped on a wet floor at work or in a public place through no fault of your own, please get in contact with a member of our personal injury team. We take all cases seriously and realise this may be a stressful and troubling time for anyone who has suffered from a slip and trip. We provide a tailored service and handle each of our clients’ cases with the utmost care and confidence.
If you would like more information, speak to our Personal Injury Solicitor, Zahreen Hussain on 020 7998 7777 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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