Birmingham law firm Blakemores Solicitors is calling for employees to be more aware of the risks of trips, slips and falls that they can face in the workplace.
The call comes in a link-up with the Health and Safety Executive's Shattered Lives Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of how to prevent such incidents.
Statistics show that 14,000 workers were seriously injured last year following a slip, trip or fall from height at work, and more shockingly, 50 people died.
The HSE has identified five main sectors where employees are most at risk of injury - construction sites, building and plant maintenance, hotel and catering, food retail, and food manufacturing.
Carolyn Roscoe, a solicitor specialising in claimant personal injury at Blakemores, warned: "The biggest risk at construction sites is usually falling from height. Statistics show that 40 per cent of all worker deaths in construction are caused in this way.
"Whilst many people expect that building and construction sites can potentially be dangerous, many employees who work in the catering and food sectors do not realise that they too can be at risk, of slips and trips particularly."
Last year 1,863 people received an injury that kept them off work - 640 received a major injury.
Ms Roscoe said: "Many accidents in the food and catering industry are as a result of employees slipping on food products on the floor. Trips can also occur if food packing has been left lying around.
"An example is the case of the 16-year-old employee of a fast food outlet who burnt her arm in 360F oil following a slip. The investigating environmental health officer believed that the accident was completely avoidable as the company had failed to maintain a safe system of work or to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks associated with slipping within the kitchen.
"Slips and trips at work are very common and employees need to be aware of the risk factors associated with such accidents."
While employers have a legal duty to safeguard the welfare of their employees by ensuring that measures are in place to identify risks and avoid preventable accidents, employees too have to take responsibility for their own safety.
Ms Roscoe said: "Employees can help to minimise the risk of injury to themselves and their colleagues by ensuring that any risks are identified and reported to their employer immediately, adopting a 'see it, sort it' mentality. Fifty per cent of all trip accidents are caused by bad housekeeping so improving housekeeping would eliminate a large number of accidents.
"Managers and business owners need to set up effective systems for preventing accidents and then need to ensure staff are informed, trained and following those systems. For example ensuring staff are wearing suitable footwear is an important factor in preventing trips and slips.
"Accidents at work can have a major effect on family life, because if the accident is serious enough to require a prolonged period of time off then financial hardship can result. A solicitor can help to arrange rehabilitative treatment at the outset, and can also arrange interim payments to assist with financial hardship."