Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they cause 40 per cent of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents, for example falling from height. Slips and trips are also the most reported injury to members of the public.
The Health and Safety Statistics 2022, which was released last month, revealed that in 2021/2022 :
6.0 million working days were lost due to non-fatal workplace injuries
61,713 employee non-fatal injuries were reported by employers under RIDDOR
565,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury according to self-reports
Of the non-fatal injuries to employees, the accident types were:
30% Slips, trips or falls on the same level
18% Handling, lifting or carrying
11% Struck by moving objects
8% Falls from a height
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks.
Employees have a duty not to put themselves or others in danger, and must use any safety equipment provided.
One way to prevent slips and trips, is to risk assess and manage the health and safety risks in your workplace. A good management system will help you identify problem areas, decide what to do, act on decisions made and check that the steps taken have been effective.
To ensure you are aware of the knowledge and tools required to work safely, you can undertake a IOSH Managing Safely Training Course. This 3 day course is an Internationally recognised and respected certification, and covers learning of efficient and effective health, safety and environmental basics in a single programme.
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