Paul Wood from Leeds has been awarded £20,000 after slipping on water whilst at work. Mr Wood worked as a fork lift operator and his main duties included driving and handling the fork lift trucks within a warehouse. He was the last to leave the warehouse one night and had the responsibility of locking up some porta cabins which had metal steps leading down from them. The steps were two storeys in height and were excessively wet due to heavy rainfall that evening, although despite this they had no ‘wet floor’ signs or textured non-slip materials to prevent slipping.
Mr Wood, regardless of using the handrail to descend the stairs, slipped when taking his feet off the last step. During this slip his legs did a split type motion and he felt a sharp pull and pain in his back. Since the accident Mr Wood has taken regular trips to the doctors and after paying privately for an MRI scan it was found that he had compressed discs in his back which would have to be operated on. He was unable to work and as well as the injury mentioned he also had painful restricted mobility and soft issue injuries. Mr Wood’s slip consequently has had quite serious long term repercussions which were through no fault of his own. His employers had failed in their duty to maintain the safety of the area in providing no ‘wet floor’ sign or any type of non-slip materials for their employees.
For anyone who slips or trips in the workplace, the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 apply. These regulations require all employers to provide a safe working environment, free from obstructions, defects or substances that could cause somebody to slip, trip or fall.
Thanks to the work carried out by Express Solicitors Mr Wood has been awarded £20,000 in compensation to help (in part) to cover his medical expenses and loss of earnings.
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