Common Injuries

A Slip or Rrip Accident can result in general bruises and/or grazes, but more serious injuries can include sprains, strains, fractures, broken bones, head injuries and concussions. A minor Slip or Trip Accident can have potentially devastating concequences, if you strike or knock your head on a sharp or hard edge. Limbs like your ankles and wrists are particularly at risk of being broken or fractured from a fall, slip or trip. You may also sustain a soft tissue muscle injury or strain to your neck, back, arms and hands.

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Legal Information

No Working Environment can be totally safe from these dangers and Claims can be made by Employees and Visitors to Employment establishments [tripping and slipping link]. The examples below are not conclusive of potential hazards that can cause injuries:

  • Defective stairways, pathways, driveways and general flooring, involving loose debris, loose flooring, broken tiles, raised carpet edges etc.
  • Inadequate Warnings for Wet and slippery floors and surfaces, involving spillages not cleaned up or no warnings of the cleaning in process or weather related wet floors from snow and ice.
  • Accidents often occur from fellow Employees spilling drinks, food or other liquids and failing to clean the spillage up.
  • Obstacles in one form or another left in the path of Employees, either by colleagues or by cleaning staff.
  • Poor lighting and visibility resulting in tripping on obstacles, falling or walking into objects.

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Risk Assessment

The Assessment your Employer is obliged to carry out is referred to as a Risk Assessment. This has to be carried out by your Employer to identify any potential risks of Health and Safety taking into account working conditions, risks caused by premises and the undertaking of the work in question by you as well as the specific use of the equipment concerned. This requires Employers to make arrangements to cover the 'effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review' of health and safety. Where the Employer employs five or more Employees, the Employer must record these details in writing. This is often known as the Health & Safety Policy document required by the Health & Safety at Work Act. Risk Assessments must take special account of any particular risks to young people

Defective Work Equipment can also cause injuries where the body is struck by the material being worked on, or by a part of the actual Work Equipment or even another Employee operating the Defective Work Equipment.

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