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Work Trips Claim

Work Trips Injuries in the UK

Work trips and slips injuries in the UK are so numerous that they represent more than two-fifths of the accidents that are reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) each year. The HSE is so concerned about the level of UK work trips and slips injury that it runs a dedicated health and safety campaign – the “STEP” program (Slips and Trips eLearning Package) – to educate employers about the risks of trips and slips in the workplace, how they can be avoided, and how to train employees to monitor potentially hazardous surfaces.

These potentially hazardous surfaces are most commonly associated with the healthcare industry, in areas where food is manufactured and prepared, and in trades where you might anticipate that liquids could be spilt. Despite the fact that employers should be aware of potential work trips injuries, the HSE figures show that this is not always the case, and accidents continue to happen due to an employer’s lack of care.

Qualifying for a Work Trips Claim

With so much comprehensive guidance available from the HSE, the responsibility for preventing work trips in the UK lies firmly with the employer. They have a duty of care to their employees and should make risk assessments, maintain their premises in a safe condition and provide training (and appropriate footwear if necessary) for their employees.

However, employers can do nothing about accidents which happen immediately after a surface has become damaged, and any work trips has to show that the employer was negligent in some respect. Even when you have sustained a serious injury, without evidence that it was caused by a breach of duty by your employer, you are unable to make a work trips claim.

Before Making a Work Trips Claim

Most work trips injuries lead to minor bruising and cuts, or wrist and thumb injuries as the hand is extended to arrest your fall. However, some work trips in the UK can cause serious lifelong injuries, and often the victim sustains whiplash injuries due to banging their head during their descent. Consequently, it is vitally important that before making a work trips claim, you seek medical attention — especially if you have sustained a knock to the head, as you may unwittingly exacerbate your injury into a permanent condition.

One you have received treatment for injuries sustained in your trip at work, it will assist your work trips claim if you are able to do the following:-

  • Report Your Accident — It is important that your injury — and the cause of it — is recorded in your employer´s “Accident Report Book”. You should ensure that you are given a copy of the entry to provide to your solicitor, and also that the accident is reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Get Evidence — Wherever possible, use the camera facility on your mobile phone (or that of a colleague) to take images of the damaged surface that was responsible for your injury. If colleagues are aware of other work trips cause by the same disrepair, ask them to act as witnesses in your work trips claim.
  • Speak With a Solicitor — Get advice from a solicitor before deciding that you wish to make a work trips claim. As mentioned above, if the employer had insufficient time to repair or isolate a potential work trips hazard, he will not be held accountable for your injury.

If a solicitor advises you that you have a claim for work trips injury which is worth your while to pursue, any compensation payment is made by your employer´s public liability insurance company. There is no reason for you to feel that you could be damaging a healthy working relationship by making a work trips claim and, by the same score, he cannot penalise your future work prospects or dismiss you for making a work trips claim due to his negligence.

Free Work Trips Claim Advice

If you have sustained an injury due a trip at work, it is in your best interests to speak with a solicitor as soon as you have received initial medical treatment. In order to facilitate this we have set up a free work injury claims advice service, which you are invited to call when you believe that your injuries are due to the negligence of your employer. This service will enable you to speak directly to a legal expert, in total confidence and without obligation, in order to discuss your entitlement to make a work trips claim.

Our service is open from 8.00am to 10.00pm, seven days a week, and you also have the option of using the call-back box at the side of the page. Do not forget to mention to our solicitor any effect your accident has made to your quality of life, as this can be a major contributing factor to how much you will receive in your work trips claim.