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Compensation for Baker after a Slip at Work

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A slip at work left a bakery assistant injured and our Personal Injury Solicitors were able to secure a £2,375 settlement for her.

The slip at work, which occurred at Park Cake bakery in Oldham, was caused by slippery substances on the tiled floor which had not been adequately cleaned up.

Although a deep clean is performed at the bakery every evening this slip occurred during a daytime shift. Our client suffered an injury to her head and soft tissue damage to her spine, right hip and elbow.

Slip at Work Claim

In this case, our client, who worked as a bakery operative for many years, claims she had not been warned about the slippery floor and no warning signs, wet floor signs or cones were in the area.

She said it was common practice between conveyor belts of gateau and rolls or seasonal produce, to scoop cream or chocolate from hoppers to bowls. Buckets of water were placed on the floor for bakery staff to wash their hands and so sometimes there would be a mixture of water, chocolate and cream on the floor.

Our client added that sinks were not provided in this area for hand washing, there was no way to dry hands, operatives were transferring produce above head height and it was not uncommon for spillage to occur.

“In this case Park Cake bakery breached a number of statutory duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act, as well as their duty of care under the Occupiers Liability Act,” said Personal Injury solicitor, Michael Talbot, who handled the claim.

“The bakery initially denied there was any slippery substances on the floor and stated that the area was clean and dry. However, it was later revealed that common working practices quite often led to cream, chocolate and water being spilt onto the floor in this area and we were able to settle this matter.”

Accident at Work Claims

It does not matter what your workplace is accidents can happen anywhere in an office, factory, shop or building and construction site. Your employer has a legal obligation to make sure your workplace is safe and they have a duty of care to their employees to provide a safe working environment.

You may be worried about making a compensation claim against your boss but all employers are required by law to have Employers Liability Insurance, so normally their insurance company will pay out any damages due.

If you have been involved in an accident at work, had a slip or trip and want advice from a Personal Injury Solicitor call our team on 0161 785 3500 or email for further advice and a no-obligation chat.

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

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Written by Michael Talbot


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