As the weather turns colder, the risk of injury from slips and falls increases. Untreated or poorly gritted surfaces lead to scores of accidents every year. If you have been injured and those responsible for the site of the accident have been negligent, then you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries and any associated losses.
Slips at work
Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for their employees. They should take steps to ensure that areas where staff work are clear of ice, frost and snow if conditions indicate that cold weather could lead to safety hazards. Steps taken might include:
- Clearing pathways within the workplace
- Clearing steps, ladders and climbing surfaces in the workplace and on machinery
- Clearing car parks
- Warning staff of potential slip hazards in the working environment
If your employer has failed to take the necessary precautions and you are injured as a result, then we recommend you seek legal advice.
Slips on public highways, pavements and footpaths
During adverse weather conditions, your local council should, as far as is reasonably practicable, grit/salt the walkways and footpaths they are responsible for to ensure they are safe for members of the public to use.
If they have failed to take such action and you are injured as a result, then your local authority could be held responsible. We would again recommend speaking to a solicitor so that your claim can be assessed.
Slips in car parks, supermarkets and other private property
Legislation in the UK states that the occupier of a premises has a duty of care towards any visitors and must ensure the visitors are reasonably safe in using the premises.
In wintry conditions, this can include taking steps to make sure that areas visitors use are free from ice, snow and clearing slippery surfaces caused by melting snow brought in by visitors.
Again, if the occupier has failed in their duty of care and this results in you being injured, you may have grounds to claim compensation.
Establishing who is responsible for the area where your accident happened is key to any such claim, and this will be one of the first things your solicitor will do if your claim is taken on.
Work Claims Bureau’s solicitors have decades of experience in securing the best outcome for clients injured in all these types of accident. Speak to one of our team today on 0808 256 5184 for expert advice.