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Local authorities, businesses, and employers have a duty of care to minimise risks and hazards. We can help you understand whether you're entitled to compensation, and if so, how much.

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Trip Hazards in the Office

Slips and trips account for one in five serious injuries to employees, as well as two fatalities every year. According to HSE statistics, over 600,000 employees were injured in an accident at work in 2010/11, and slips and trips are the most common cause of injuries at work.

The cost of slips and trips to employers is £512 million a year, with the cost to the health service totalling £133 million.

It's therefore highly advisable that anyone responsible for the health and safety of others takes that duty of care seriously and makes regular checks and risk assessments of trip hazards in the office, to ensure their premises are slip and trip-hazard free.

Trip hazards in the office environment

The Workplace Regulations 1992 require floors to be in good condition and free from obstructions, allowing people to move around safely.

As well as employers having a duty of care to their employees, employees also have a responsibility to look out for potential hazards and deal with them or alert their employer to them where possible.

Some of the most common trip hazards in the office include:

Trailing wires

Employers should be careful not to install wires and cables in walkways, or to install cable guards or warnings if there is no alternative. If cables do cross a walkway then it may be necessary to re-route them because otherwise they will present a trip hazard in the office.

Changes in flooring

There are many different reasons the flooring itself could present a trip hazard in the office. For example, where the floor level dips or changes height unexpectedly, or if a rug or carpet has holes or curls up at the edge. These can lead to people experiencing a trip at work. Carpets and rugs should be maintained or replaced if necessary and any changes in floor height should be levelled off or clearly signposted.

Bags or other items in walkways

Employees who are guilty of leaving their bags or other items haphazardly around the office floor should be made aware that not only are they being untidy, they could also cause a serious accident if someone was to trip over their belongings. The same goes for office equipment or deliveries, which should be removed from the floor and stored away safely as soon as possible.

Inappropriate footwear

In many office environments, it's normal to wear high-heeled shoes, however, employees should be aware that excessively high heels and trailing shoelaces could present trip hazards in the office.

Making a claim

If you've been injured as a result of trip hazards in the office, you may be able to claim compensation. Call Slip and Trip Accident Helpline today to find out more or start your claim online.

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