It is unlikely to slip on a clean dry floor but water, oil and even dust or sand can make a surface slippery enough to cause unfortunate Slip, Trip or Fall. Falls easily can happen anywhere and many of them do not cause injuries however one out of five falls does cause an injury. It can be anything from cuts, bruising, whiplash, torn muscles, broken bones or even more serious injuries such as head, brain or spinal injuries. Slip, trip and fall injuries cost the UK billions pounds each year and can have a devastating effect on an injured person’s life, forcing to take time off work to undergo intensive medical treatment.
So why do people Slip?
Slips are usually caused by Rubbish left on the floor, Wet mopping, Leaks from machines, pipes, roofs etc. and spills from containers, bin bags, production lines etc.
Why do people Trip?
Trips can happen when a foot is caught on something that a person didn’t realise it was there, for example:
- Leads and cables across walkways.
- Broken or uneven flooring or loose carpet.
- Obstacles left in walkways.
What else can make people slip or trip?
Rushing is also associated with Slips and Falls, especially when Carrying, Pushing or Pulling heavy objects. Wearing inappropriate footwear may be dangerous as shoes with poor grip or worn soles can cause you to slip, especially on wet surfaces.
Poor LIgthing often contributes to Trips and Falls.
Distraction, for example, talking on your mobile, reading while you walk, laud and unexpected noises etc.
What conditions may cause Falls?
Research has recognised many conditions that contribute to falling. These are known as risk factors. Many risk factors can be modified to help prevent falls:
- Vision problems
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Lower body weakness
- Foot pain or poor footwear
- Difficulties with walking and balance
- Home hazards or dangers such as broken or uneven steps, and throw rugs that can be tripped over.
- Use of medicines, such as tranquilisers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
- Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater chances of falling.
It is wise to think about all the hazards that different areas around your house may have and what to do about them. It is also wise to think about the hazardous places at your workplace and report them to your management. There are several simple measures that can help prevent falls:
- removing clutter
- using non-slip mats in the bathroom
- mopping up spills to prevent wet, slippery floors
- ensuring all rooms, passages and staircases are well lit
- getting help lifting or moving items that are heavy or difficult to lift
- Use bins for litter.
- Keep walkways clear.
- Keep off shiny wet floors.
- Don’t trail leads across walkways.
- Use buckets and trays under leaks.
- Keep the floor clean and dry at all times.
- Report cleaning and maintenance problems.
- If you can’t prevent spills, then clean them up.
- If hazard has been spotted it has to be sorted out immediately or reported to a management.
Always be alert, however, if despite the safety measures the worst had happened and you or your loved ones have been involved in a non-fault accident, experiencing shock and sustaining an injury as a result, filing a “No Win – No Fee” compensation claim may help to recover!
You can claim for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of your wages
- Future loss of earnings
- Medical expenses incurred
- Vehicle damage or total loss
- Damaged clothing or other items
- Travel costs, including hire of another car
- Assistance received from the family or friends
- Additional equipment you had to buy due to your injuries