I am after some advice on where I stand should an accident occur in my workplace and am employed as a kitchen porter (pot wash) in a pub restaraunt (in the UK) owned by a popular brewery.
Some time ago a former colleague nearly suffered a slipping accident on the kitchen floor and claimed in the event of an accident I could be liable and not the employers, and regarding this there have been several other slipping incidents both in my presence and absence.
However I noticed a few issues regarding this:
1.The kitchen flooring is ceramic tiles and I think somebody mentioned this is incorrect for a commercial kitchen.
2. In most, if not all of the slipping incidents, the colleagues concerned were wearing trainers, which I think is innappropriate, although the employers don't seem to have a strict policy on footwear (I wear non-slip shoes)
3. The washing up area and dishwasher, which unerstandably gets wet, is situated right in the middle of the walkway where chefs, waiting staff etc have to pass through, instead of been in one corner area away from everywhere else.
4. Recently, the dishwasher has started leaking badly and has not been serviced recently etc (although it's probably out of guarantee) and this contributes greatly to a wet floor.
I would like to know if I have valid points here in (God Forbid) the event of an accident.