The Risks of Slips, Trips and Falls in Winter
Winter walks are one of those traditional activities which bring joy to many.
Making footprints in the snow and exploring the local surroundings, it is a popular past-time, particularly during national lockdowns in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic when most other activities aren’t possible.
But winter conditions can present a number of potential hazards as snow, ice and rain prevail, with shorter and darker days leading to poorer visibility.
This increases the likelihood of slips, trips and falls and can make potential injuries sustained because of them much worse.
How can Winter conditions affect slips and trips?
Slips, trips and falls are common in everyday life. Whether it is tripping on an uneven surface, slipping on a wet floor or suffering a fall, these happen often; but when Winter comes around, the chances increase.
As temperatures plummet, the prevalence of frost and ice is widespread. Factor in black ice, which isn’t visible, too, and this obviously leads to greater prospects of slipping and falling;
Rain is more frequent during winter months, which leads to wetter conditions and the greater chance of standing water and more difficult walking conditions.
How can you reduce the risk when you’re out and about?
Although you can’t eliminate your chances of a slip, trip or fall completely, you can lessen your chances of slipping in Winter.
By wearing appropriate footwear, with good tread and slip resistant soles, you improve your stability while walking on slippery surfaces. Keep to low-heel shoes to avoid any unnecessary wobbles along the way.
When it’s dark and extremely cold outside, try to avoid poorly lit areas as the darkness can mask icy spots.
Who is responsible if you slip or trip?
If you suffer a slip, trip or fall that wasn’t your fault in a public place, you may ask who is responsible? The company or organisation who manage the site where the accident took place is accountable for any injuries sustained.
Regardless if it is an office space, work environment or in the general public arena, health and safety regulations stipulate that the company must maintain the area and the condition of it.
So, for example, if it is icy then there is an expectation for a company to keep their site clear of ice or to treat it sufficiently by spreading salt.
For more information about accidents involving slips and trips, click here to be taken to our dedicated page.
If you are unsure if you can make a claim for personal injury compensation following a slip or trip that wasn’t your fault, contact the expert team at Winns, who will assess your circumstances immediately.
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