Slip and trip injury

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What is a slip and trip injury?

Offices are seen as the safest of working environments, but there are many hazards in an office that could cause you to slip or trip. Loose packaging, trailing wires, slippery floors, and loose carpeting on stairs are just some of the hazards that can cause a slip or trip injury at the office.

There are a whole range of accidents that can occur in the construction industry, on building sites, in factories or warehouses such as falling off roofs or scaffolding, tripping over uneven paths or floors, and even falling into machinery. If you are injured at work, you will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay at the very least. Your right to contractual sick pay should be in your employment contract or your terms and conditions of employment.

The Law on slip and trip

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places duties on employers, self-employed and employees. Under the Act, employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. In addition to The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers will have to comply with:

Slips and Trips at work can be prevented by common sense actions.  Your employers risk assessment should identify and remove any tripping hazards such as trailing wires or damaged carpets.  Your employer can provide anti slip mats, anti- slip painted surfaces or coatings, handrails and shoes with anti -slip soles where surfaces are slippery.

Resources Available

  1. How to win your claim for personal injury at work
  2. How to prepare a discrimination schedule of loss for the employment tribunal
  3. How to write a grievance about discrimination at work
  4. How to use the discrimination questions procedure
  5. Disciplinary action and capability
  6. Health and Safety Dismissal
  7. Surviving Capability and Performance Management
  8. Employee Representative Guide for non-union workplaces



What you can do

If you suffer from a slip or trip at work you may be able to make a compensation claim.

In order to win your personal injury claim and be awarded compensation, you must use the Pre-action protocol for low-value personal injury claims. The Employee Rescue Guide on “How to win your claim for personal injury at work” , provides you with information about the process of making a personal injury claim. There are a few things that you need to prove in your claim;

  • You must first identify that there is a person, company or organisation to make the claim against.
  • You must show that the person, company or organisation owed you a duty of care to avoid your accident and injury, and could have taken steps to avoid the situation.
  • You must show that your injury was caused by the failure of the responsible person or organisation to take reasonable steps to avoid causing your accident or injury.

Best of the web

Preventing slips and trips at work

Slips, trips, falls

Health and Safety Executive

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 

Healthy Working Lives

Citizens Advice – Personal Injuries

Department for Work and Pensions – Compensation, Social Security Benefits and lump sum payments




This resource is published by Employee Rescue Limited. Please note that the information and any commentary on the law contained herein is provided for information purposes only. The information and commentary does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice. Employee Rescue accepts no responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the material contained in this publication.

Further specialist advice should be taken before relying on the contents of this publication. You can send an e-mail to for such specialist advice if required.




Case Study

It was reported by BBC Producer Oisin Tymons  lawyers on 16th February 2016 that  Jeremy Clarkson had apologised and settled the claim against him for race discrimination and personal injury.  Oisin Tymon launched the case against the TV presenter last year after an incident involving verbal abuse and Tymon ending up with a bloody lip. In his apology, released by Tymon’s lawyers Slater and Gordon, Clarkson said: “I would like to say sorry, once again, to Oisin Tymon for the incident and its regrettable aftermath. “I want to reiterate that none of this was in any way his fault. “I... Read More
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