Slips and trips in the workplace are a common source of accident whether you are employed in manufacturing, retail or the services sector.
The employer has a duty to ensure that the workplace is free from slipping and tripping hazards and below are examples of cases where Shaw and Co Solicitors UK recovered personal injury compensation on behalf of clients when their employer failed to keep the workplace safe.
The Claimant was employed as a PA at offices in Newcastle. Upon leaving work one night, she was attempting to lock up the premises when she slipped and fell on ice which had accumulated outside the front door of the premises. Ice and snow had been left untreated and no attempt made by her employers to grit the area or remove ice, as a result of which her means of access was left in a dangerous condition. The Claimant suffered a compound wrist fracture and needed an operation to pin the bones in place. Liability admitted and the Claimant recovered damages to compensate her for her injuries and financial losses.
The Claimant was employed at a pizza restaurant as a chef. Arriving at work early one morning, she was starting food preparation for the day. Whilst approaching the food storage area to collect ingredients, she slipped on a pool of water which had accumulated on the floor, and which was leaking from a faulty dishwasher. The Claimant fell suffering injury to her arm and elbow. Liability for the accident was contested, but eventually the claim was successful as the Claimant was able to show the access routes were left in a dangerous and slippery condition, no warning signs were displayed, and no attempt made to have the faulty machinery repaired.
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