Slips & Trips

Most common slip and trip accidents at work occur in offices, factories, warehouses, construction sites, kitchens and pubs. The risk of slipping and tripping gets higher in places where large numbers of people engage in various tasks at the same time.

Some of the most common workplace slips and trips include:

  • Slipping on a wet floor, e.g. kitchen
  • Slipping on spillage, e.g. pub
  • Tripping over frayed or damaged tiles
  • Tripping over an object left in an inappropriate place
  • Slipping or tripping due to poor or defective lightning
  • Slipping or tripping on damaged or unsafe stairs


When considering areas in your workplace that could cause a hazard, it’s important to ​take into account

  • any outdoor areas
  • differing weather conditions
  • working activities carried out off your premises.

The Health and Safety regulations including the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 protect employees against slips and trips in the workplace.

Effects of slip or trip accidents

Most slips and trips at work result in relatively minor injuries requiring minimal time off work, but there are occasions where they lead to long lasting, permanent disability. These life changing accidents have a huge impact both on the injured person as well as their families especially when the person injured has to take time off work. In these instances, compensation can help cover some of the costs associated with any specialist care you may require and improve your financial situation.

Employer’s responsibility

Employers have a responsibility to protect their employees from the risk of having an injury by ensuring that the work environments are safe and fit to use. If they fail to do so, they may be liable for trip or fall compensation due to the injuries and any inconveniences caused by your accident.

Slips & Trips at Work – Frequently Asked Questions

The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.

Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact the responsible organisation to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.

A strict three-year time limit applies to making slip and trip accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
  • Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
  • Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
  • Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.

Compensation for slip and trip in the workplace in Scotland is awarded on a case-by-case basis. The amount you could get depends on the severity of your injuries, as well as other factors, like loss of wages.

We fully investigate each case we work on to make sure that we get the maximum amount of compensation possible for you. Our personal injury compensation calculator has been created to estimate how much you may be able to claim for, based on the injuries you have sustained.

In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:

  • Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
  • Loss of earnings or earning capacity
  • Any future expenses as a result of the injury
  • Home modification and care expenses
  • Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.