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Compensation for Slipping in Office Kitchens

I have been told by my work colleagues that I am entitled to compensation for slipping in office kitchens after cracking my head when I slipped on a wet floor, but my boss says I am not because I was away from work for less than seven days. Am I going to get penalised for coming back to work early?

Question:

I have been told by my work colleagues that I am entitled to compensation for slipping in office kitchens after cracking my head when I slipped on a wet floor, but my boss says I am not because I was away from work for less than seven days. Am I going to get penalised for coming back to work early?

Answer:

The length of time that you are away from work makes no difference to your entitlement to compensation for slipping in office kitchens and sustaining an injury, provided that it can be demonstrated that your injury was attributable to your employer´s lack of care in following health and safety regulations.

In an office kitchen – and anywhere else in the workplace – if cleaning is taking place or has just finished, a warning sign should be prominently displayed to advise employees of a hazard. If no sign was present, or it could not be reasonably noticed, and a slip in office kitchens injury occurs, your employer would be liable for your injury and you would be entitled to claim compensation for slipping in office kitchens.

This is because your employer has either failed to conduct a full risk assessment which takes into account the possibility of an employee sustaining a slipping in office kitchens injury, has neglected to provide the cleaner with training and/or signs to warn colleagues of the risk of injury due to slip in office kitchen or has failed to monitor the performance of the cleaner to ensure that their training is being applied.

Your employer, possibly not realising that he is liable for a claim for slipping in office kitchens injury compensation, has confused the criteria for making a slip in office kitchens claim for compensation with his obligations to report an injury in the workplace which results in an absence from work of more than seven days to the Health and Safety Executive.

With this in mind, it would be in your best interests to be represented by a solicitor when making your claim for slipping in office kitchens injury. Your solicitor can deal directly with your employer´s insurers to negotiate a quick and fair settlement of your compensation for slipping in office kitchens claim, which will both ensure that you are not penalised for coming back to work early and avoid any confrontation with your employer.