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8th March 2010

Myths about risk assessments and slips and trips

In one of their recent Myth busting articles (February 2010) the HSE tackled the perception that “There's nothing you can do about slips and trips and they don't really hurt anyone anyway”. This was immediately followed (March 2010) by the myth that “Risk assessment is too complicated for me to do!”

You can read more about both these items by visiting the Health and Safety Executive website.

Thousands injured in slip, trip and fall accidents at work

Since many of the thousands of slip, trip and fall accidents which occurred in the workplace in the last year were due to spills or clutter which had not been cleared away, it is reasonable to conclude that if a risk assessment had been correctly carried out, and the recommendations implemented, many of those accidents would have been avoided.

Of those people injured in a slip, trip or fall accident at work in the last year, 10,000 were seriously injured and sadly there were four fatalities.

Accident compensation for slip, trip and fall injuries

Risk assessments are a critical factor in maintaining a safe working environment for us all. For those who are injured in an accident which could have been avoided had a risk assessment been carried out, the accident compensation to which they are rightly entitled is a recognition that an avoidable mistake was made and they were injured as a result.

When the accident results in a more serious injury of course, such as broken limbs or even amputations, the accident compensation can be significant and will ensure that the injured person is fully compensated for their pain and suffering and, where relevant, for loss of income if they are unable to work.

In cases of really severe injury, such as head and brain injury or paralysis (spinal cord injuries), fair accident compensation will ensure they are able to live as comfortable and fulfilling a life as is possible given their injuries.

Realistic approach to risk management

As always, the HSE seeks only to achieve a balance between the kind of poor risk management that damages lives and the unachievable aim of absolute safety. Risk management should not be merely a bureaucratic exercise. The purpose is to focus on real risks and hazards that cause real harm in order to protect people. The process involves taking practical, realistic measures.

On-line information about slips, trips and falls and risk assessments

The HSE website includes a free on-line training module about slip, trip and fall accidents, including how to assess risks which may result in an accident. It also includes information on the correct footwear to be worn and many other useful hints on how to avoid slips, trips or falls in the workplace.

Making an accident compensation claim

If you or a family member have been injured in a slip, trip or fall accident through no fault of your own, you may be able to make a claim for accident compensation. Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of specialists waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your accident compensation claim.

We will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, answer any questions you may have, and our specialist personal injury lawyers will talk you through the claims process in plain English.

Please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers to see if you have a valid claim for accident compensation. Alternatively, if you prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms, a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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