According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), almost 35% of serious injuries in industries such as food and drink are caused by trips and slips. It means over a thousand people a year are slipping and falling, particularly on wet or greasy surfaces in these sectors alone. That statistic doesn’t take into account other places where wet floors can be a serious hazard including office entrances, stairways and shop floors as well as warehouses and even building sites.
The potential for wet floor accidents increases during autumn and winter because the weather generally gets a lot worse. An office that has a nice shiny, tiled floor may look great but once people start moving back and forth, particularly when it’s wet, things can quickly become dangerous. Stairs that that get wet can be a danger once it begins to rain and keeping all these areas dry, protecting employees and visitors, is a key consideration for many businesses.
Wet floors can also be caused by spillages – someone drops a coffee in the office or a container with liquid in it is knocked over at a warehouse, for instance. Most people look at these accidents as something that can’t be avoided but the evidence shows, if the right measures are put in place, the chance of most wet floor accidents can be reduced by as much as 50%.
Types of Injury from Wet Floor Accidents
- Soft Tissue Injuries: These are the most common type of injury received from a slip or fall. You might land awkwardly and you end up with bruising. Depending where you land, you can also suffer from a variety of cuts and abrasions to different parts of the body.
- Head Injuries: When you slip on a wet surface, you can lose all control which is why the fall ends up being so forceful. Land in the wrong way and you can do serious damage to areas like the skull. Head injuries from a fall can range from minor concussion to more serious brain injuries.
- Broken Bones: Of course, if you land awkwardly it’s easy to break a bone and this can be an extremely painful experience that requires immediate medical attention. Another area that is often damaged during a slip is the spine and the higher up your back that occurs the worse it usually is.
Can I Claim Compensation?
Slips and trips at work are highly common and your employer should do everything that they can to reduce the risk, including putting up clear signage if a floor is wet. It’s not just employees who may be at risk, customers and people going about their everyday business need to be protected as much as possible.
Should you have had a fall or slip, it’s important that you get the right legal advice as soon as possible. If you think your employer was at fault or the owner of the business you were attending, you may be eligible for compensation. The experienced North East solicitors at Accinet will be able to give you expert advice on your accident and whether you could claim compensation for your injury. Accinet work on a no win no fee basis and are highly experienced in personal injury law.