Slips & Trips

Slips and trip injuries can happen anywhere – in the workplace; on the pavement; in a pothole; in a supermarket; and many others.

There are laws to protect workers from slip or trip hazards, such as The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992; laws dealing with pavements and roads such as The Highways Act 1980; and laws that apply to shops, supermarkets, and other buildings, such as the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. Your solicitor will take a detailed history from you to work out which laws apply.

Generally, the law requires there to be a suitable cleaning or repair system in place to reduce the risk of injury as much as possible. This may be in the form of a winter gritting/salt spreading programme; a supermarket inspection rota; regular maintenance and so forth. If you suffered a slip or trip injury, and there wasn’t a suitable and safe system in place, you could be entitled to compensation for your personal injury.

Supermarket Slips

This is a very common form of accident. The law states that supermarkets must have a system of inspection and cleaning in place.

The way the law works is that if someone slips in a shop or other premises the people or company who own or operate the premises have to prove not only that they had a suitable checking system in place, but also that it was actually carried out on the day of the accident. Therefore, a supermarket cannot just say they have a good system in place – they need to prove suitable cleaning and maintenance was carried out at the time of the accident.


A lot of personal injury claims arise out of slips and trips on roads and pavements. Motorists can also be injured by potholes. Aston Knight Solicitors have succeeded in a large number of pothole cases.

Generally, defects or potholes on the pavement are seen as dangerous if they are more than an inch deep, but there are always other factors to consider. Proving the defect or pothole was dangerous when you were injured can often be a key issue so it is important to take measured photographs as soon as possible.

Another key issue can be how often the area was inspected before your injury. Your solicitor will advise further about this and take witness statements if needed.


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Workplace Slips

A lot of work injuries relate to slips and trips in the workplace. Employers have a legal duty to provide employees with a safe place of work and have to comply with other regulations to ensure workplaces are safe and free from trip or slip hazards. If an employee was injured in a slip or trip accident the employer will need to prove there was a suitable cleaning and maintenance system in place – if not they will be liable to pay compensation to the injured person. Aston Knight Solicitors specialise in work accidents and have succeeded in many slips and trips at work claims.

Aston Knight Solicitors Bury are experienced in many slip and trip matters and will be happy to offer you a free, no obligation, consultation on your personal injury claim. Aston Knight Solicitors deal with all slip and trip claims on a no-win-no-fee basis.