This guide will explain how to claim compensation if your employer fails to do a slips and trips risk assessment—subsequently causing a slipping or tripping accident which injures you.
You may wonder what happens if a company doesn’t do a risk assessment. A business or organisation may miss a slip or trip hazard if it fails to carry out a risk assessment. Therefore an avoidable slipping or tripping hazard can injure an employee. So, the employer could have breached their duty of care and may be liable for the worker’s injuries.
Please contact our team today to see if you can claim compensation for an accident at work. Public Interest Lawyers can assess your case for free. Where they can see your personal injury claim has a chance of being awarded compensation they can connect you with a panel of personal injury lawyers. We can appoint a lawyer from our panel to work on your case if you have a valid reason to claim compensation.
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Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their workers a duty of care. This means that employers are responsible for providing their workers with a safe and hygienic work environment as is reasonably practicable. Therefore, for employers to ensure the workplace is safe from hazards, carrying out risk assessments is vital. No workplace is 100 safe. And it is not possible to remove all hazards. However, where hazards cannot be mitigated, they should be reduced.
A risk assessment involves an organisation identifying hazards at work. A hazard is something which could harm a worker or another person who is visiting the premises. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 is a piece of legislation that supports the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 by being more detailed about what employers should be doing to manage health and safety. The main aim of the Act require employers to conduct regular risk assessments.
In order to comply with health and safety at work regulations, it is vital that businesses and workplaces carry out regular risk assessments. By failing to adhere to legislation that protects workers, they are breaching their duty of care. This could make them liable should an accident result that causes harm. Below we are going to look at what happens if hazards are not managed correctly in the workplace.
Hazards at work, which could cause a slip or trip accident:
- Failing to put absorbent mats at doorways, so during wet weather, employees walk water onto the floor, which can make the ground slippery.
- A worker can suffer an injury caused by a nail which was sticking out of a floorboard and trips them up.
- A leaking pipe is spilling water onto the floor, and workers can slip on a wet floor.
- Broken, torn or poorly maintained carpets cause a tripping accident.
- Broken flooring, such as a cracked floor tile, can cause tripping accidents.
- Debris or rubbish is left in walkways.
- You could also fall if there was poor lighting on the likes of a stairway or a windowless corridor
- A wet, slippery floor has no warning signs
- Likewise, loose wires, trailing cables and leads can also trip up workers.
In many workplaces carrying out a risk assessment is vital to ensuring that workers are not harmed avoidably. It is the main requirement of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to ensure that workplaces and work tasks are risk assessed. Businesses that have more than 5 workers are required to keep a record of significant risks when they are identified. Depending on the type of work will determine how detailed the assessment needs to be.
Can You Claim If Your Employer Failed To Do A Slips And Trips Risk Assessment?
You could potentially make a personal injury claim for an accident at work following a slip or fall injury under the following circumstances:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care. Indeed, under The Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act (1974), employers in all sectors owe their workers a duty of care.
- Moreover, the employer acted negligently, breaching their duty of care.
- Finally, the breach in duty caused a slip, trip or fall accident which injured you. You may have suffered minor to severe injuries that had a negative impact on your quality of life.
Evidence to prove your personal injury claim can include CCTV footage, medical records, witness details so statements can be taken later on, and photographs of your injuries.
You can learn more about the eligibility criteria for making a slip and fall at work claim here. You can also contact Public Interest Lawyers to see if you have the right to claim compensation by calling us for free on the number above.
If your employer failed to carry out a slips and trips risk assessment, they might be liable for any injuries resulting from this. So, if the accident at work claim is successful, your compensation payment can include up to two types of damages.
- Firstly you can receive general damages for the harm the injuries caused.
- Secondly, you can receive special damages to reimburse you for the unavoidable expenses of your injuries.
Special damages could be claimed for the following costs associated with your injuries:
- Medical costs
- Travel costs
- Care expenses
- Reimbursement for loss of income
- If you become disabled because of your injuries, you could receive compensation to pay for the cost of mobility equipment or adapting your home.
We have included a compensation table in lieu of a compensation calculator. The compensation brackets are based on 16th edition compensation payment guidelines from the Judicial College, released in 2022. This document that lists injuries and illnesses alongside their severity and compensation brackets is used by those valuing general damages.
|About The Injury
|Ankle Injuries – A – Very Severe
|This bracket could include a transmalleolar ankle fracture that also has extensive soft tissue injuries. There could be a risk that any future injury could lead to a below the knee amputation.
|£50,060 to £69,700
|Ankle Injuries – B – Severe
|Injuries which need long treatment periods, such as a long time in plaster or instances where plates and pins are needed.
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Ankle Injuries – C – Moderate
|This could include an ankle fracture or similar injury which causes problems when walking on uneven ground.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Wrist Injuries – C
|A less severe wrist injury which does lead to a degree of permanent disability. The person will suffer stiffness and pain.
|£12,590 to £24,500
|Wrist Injuries – D
|Where it has taken the person more than a year to recover from a soft tissue injury or fracture.
|£6,080 to £10,350
|Wrist Injuries – E
|Uncomplicated Colles’ fracture.
|Neck Injuries – B – Moderate – i
|Such as a fracture or a dislocation of the neck.
|£24,990 to £38,490
|Knee Injuries – B – Moderate – i
|Injuries to the knee such as dislocations, torn meniscus or torn cartilage.
|£14,840 to £26,190
|Hand Injuries – J – Fractured Index Finger
|The finger has been fractured, it mended quickly leaving an impaired grip.
|£9,110 to £12,240
|Hand Injuries – L
|The terminal phalanx of the middle or the ring finger has been lost.
|£3,950 to £7,870
Public Interest Lawyers could help you if you were injured in a slip, trip or fall accident at work. A claims advisor can provide you with legal advice and assess your case to see if you are eligible to claim. Moreover, if you are eligible to claim, Public Interest Lawyers will appoint a solicitor from our panel to start working on your claim.
The solicitors on our panel operate under No Win No Fee terms, so generally, you won’t have to pay a solicitors fee upfront or during the duration of your claim. So you don’t have to worry about paying a fee in advance. If your accident at work claim is successful, you will pay a success fee. The success fee is deducted at a legally capped rate from your compensation payment. No compensation, no success fee to pay.
Please contact Public Interest Lawyers today to enquire:
- Call Public Interest Lawyers on 0800 408 7825
- Contact us in writing about the accident
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Learn More About Employer’s Duty Of Care
You might find these guides helpful in learning more about accidents at work claims.
- I Had An Accident At Work. Can I Claim Compensation?
- Knee Injury At Work – Can I Claim Compensation?
- Hand Injury At Work – Can I Claim Compensation?
- Managing risks and risk assessment at work – an HSE guide
- What the law says on assessing risks – an HSE guide
- How do I know if I’ve broken a bone? – an NHS guide
We appreciate you taking the time to read this guide about claiming for injuries due to your employer failing to carry out a slips and trips risk assessment. Please contact us to enquire about claiming compensation for a fall at work.