When an employee slips on snow or ice on the employer's premises, is the employer liable?
Employers are responsible for ensuring that the workplace is safe so far as is reasonably practicable, therefore must take action to reduce (and remove where possible) any risks to safety caused by snow and ice. For example, by gritting, clearing snow, and temporarily closing off routes that are dangerous, such as areas which are accessed by external stairs or ladders.
If an employee brings a personal injury claim against their employer as a result of a slip or trip on snow or ice at work, the court will consider the circumstances in which the incident occurred and the steps that the employer took to avoid the risk of injury. If the employer is found to be liable, the amount of any damages awarded will depend on the nature of the injury sustained by the employee.
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