Where an employee slips on snow or ice on the employer's premises will he or she be entitled to compensation?
Employers are responsible for ensuring that the workplace is safe "so far as is reasonably practicable". They should take measures to mitigate any risks to safety caused by snow and ice.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992: Approved Code of Practice recommends that employers make arrangements to minimise the danger of slips and falls, for example by gritting, clearing snow and temporarily closing off routes that are dangerous, such as areas accessed by external stairs or ladders.
If an employee brings a personal injury claim against his or her employer, to determine whether or not the employer has been negligent and is liable to pay him or her damages, 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 will depend on the nature of the injury sustained by the employee.