How to Tackle Slips and Trips?
Slips and Trips in the workplace should play a large part in your risk management strategy. Whether reckless or simply bad luck, most of these accidents are preventable.
Most slips occur due to wet floors, something easily avoided by simple and cost-effective housekeeping solutions.
Have you carried out a basic risk assessment to identify what you can do to reduce the risks of slips and trips?
What are the Hazards?
Slips and trips are a cause for concern because they can often lead to other, more serious types of accidents. They count for half of all reported injuries to members of the public in open access workplaces.
Slips and trips are a health and safety risk in all workplaces and should be considered a concern for all business owners. We’ve featured our top six slips and trips facts below:
- Slips and trips cause 20% of employee injuries that take over three days to recover from
- Two fatalities per year are linked to accidents of this nature
- Slips and trips cost employers £512 million per year
- Over one third of all reported major injuries are related to slips and trips
- 50% of all reported accidents to members of the public that occur in the workplace shown to be as a result of a slip or trip
- Slips and trips cost the health service £133 million per year
Five Steps to Reduce the Risk:
Employers are obligated to assess the risks to anyone who could be affected by their work including visitors and members of the public. It is important to think about what might cause slips or trips in your workplace and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent them from occurring.
Below we’ve included four key steps which should be taken as part of your company’s risk assessment strategy:
Keep an eye out for slip and trip hazards around the workplace. This can include uneven floors, trailing cables or areas that could be slippery due to spills. Don’t forget to check outdoor areas!
Make sure you determine who might be harmed and how.
Ask yourself the questions:
- Who comes into the workplace?
- Could they possibly be at risks?
- Do you have any control over them?
Remember that older people and those with disabilities can hold additional risk.
Consider the risks you have identified in Step 2. Are you taking adequate precautions to deal with the risks? If the answer is no, you must implement additional measures to control them.
Record your findings from the first three steps.
Regularly review the assessment, if any significant changes do occur, make sure existing precautions and management arrangements remain accurate to deal with the risks.
Despite slips and trips being one of the most common causes of workplace injury they are one of the easiest to prevent. Not implementing suitable risk management strategies increases the risk of harm to employees or the public and by not considering these in a risk assessment your company could be breaking the law. There are three laws which your company could breach:
- The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1999
- The Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations 1992
If you have any concerns about health and safety in your workplace or any queries relating to claims defensibility in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.