Slip trip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of accidents. A simple slip can cause very serious injuries such as back injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and head injuries. Many slips and trips occur in the working environment due to poor health and safety regulations.
Accident on Roads, Footpaths, Pavements
Accident may occur due to Slipping, Tripping or Falling due to Uneven Floors, Pavements, Potholes, Steps or Ramps. The owners or occupiers of these premises must keep them in a safe condition. Where the accident occurs in public areas the responsibility normally lies with the Local Authority.
Accident on Commercial & Public Premises
These accidents occur in supermarkets, restaurants, shops and offices. Accidents may be caused due to slippery floors, spillage, worn out floor coverings, obstructions etc. The owners or occupiers of these premises have a duty to keep their premises in a safe condition. If they are negligent in keeping them safe they may be liable for a claim against them. Local Authorities are responsible for Playgrounds and Local Authority Sport Centres. The most common incident is slipping on Wet Surfaces in these premises. A claim is normally lodged against the Local Authorities in case of an injury.
Many industrial accidents result from slips, trips or falls including falls from height. Causes can be due to defective floor surfaces, trailing cables, obstructions and unsafe working practices. Employers are governed by a Statute to maintain a safe environment and may be liable to compensation to injured employees.
Every employer has a duty to ensure a safe workplace for their employees. Government regulations such as e.g. The Health & Safety at Work Act were introduced to impose a duty of care upon the employers. All employers in the UK by law must have liability insurance. Any claim that you may bring against them will be borne by the insurance company of your employer rather than themselves.
If you have suffered an injury at work and your employer is to blame then it is your right to seek compensation due to negligence.There are many types of accidents at work such as:
- Slip, trip or fall
- Accidents due to insufficient training
- Machinery related accidents
- Lifting accident
- Defects in equipment
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Defective protective or safety equipment
- Asbestos related disease
- Industrial disease
- Construction and scaffolding accidents
- Injury due to acts of fellow workers
However if it is proven that the accident was partly your fault. The claim in these circumstances may be reduced in proportion to the extent to which you are held to be responsible and is referred to as Contributory Negligence.Accidents at work result from slips, trips or falls including falls from height. Causes can be due to defective floor surfaces, trailing cables, obstructions and unsafe working practices.
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