Mr P suffered a back injury at work and decided to get some advice from the Michael Lewin team about the claim in Leeds.

There was an unfortunate accident at Mr P’s work in which he suffered a back injury from slipping on an area which was covered in water. The water had been brought in by animals so should have been monitored much more efficiently to prevent this kind of accident happening. As it happens this had been neglected on this occasion and the water that had been brought in by the animals had not been removed making the area a hazard resulting in Mr P suffering a back injury.

There are basic rules which must be followed to reduce the risk of slips either at work or in a public place. Failure to follow these rules can lead to liability for an accident and injury to another person. Basic housekeeping rules are vital; keep water and contaminants away from walkways and if they do spill they should be cleaned up immediately. Any employees such as cleaners who are exposed to wet floors should be provided with suitable footwear. Particular care and attention should be taken during the colder months when rain ice and snow increase the risk of wet floors.

In the past figures have shown that slip trip and fall incidents in the workplace have cost 40 workers their lives in one year. Also in a year over 15000 major injuries to workers have been caused by slips trips and falls and over 30000 workers have taken more than three days off work. It is estimated that the cost to society each year for slips trips and falls is around £800 million. Health and Safety Executive figures show that slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries in the work place in Great Britain. Most workplace deaths are caused by falls from height.

Have you been involved in a back injury at work and are seeking advice? Call the Michael Lewin team about your claim now at the office in Leeds.

Mr P should not have suffered the back injury he sustained due to the slippery floor at his work. The area should have been contained and maintained in a much more effective and responsible way to avoid any danger.

All employers? duty of care to their employees means they have to provide competent staff a safe working environment the correct equipment and a safe system of work.

Section 16 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 permits Approved Codes of Practice which explains different practises acceptable for different working environments. The Approved Codes of Practice can be used as an indication for the courts as to whether the actions of the employer were safe.

An employer can only escape liability if they can prove that they have exercised reasonable care. Have you suffered from a back injury at work and would like advice? Call Michael Lewinsolicitors about your claim now at the Leeds office on 0844 499 9302.

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