SLIPS & TRIPS
Over a third of all major injuries reported each year are caused as a result of a slips and trips. They occur in almost all workplaces, 90% of major slips result in broken bones and they can also be the initial causes for a range of other accident types such as falls.
The most common factors that contribute to slips and trips are a combination of the physical environment and human behaviour.
Physical Environment :
- Slippery surfaces e.g. spillages
- Tripping hazards e.g. obstruction of walkways.
- Poor lighting
- Hand tools
- Human error e.g. perception of risk, lapses of attention, care for others
We all have a part to play in preventing accidents which result in slipping and tripping.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to ensure the health safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work this includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks.
The management of health and safety at work regulations 1999 also place duties on the employers to assess risks, including slip and trip risks, and where necessary take action to safeguard health and safety.
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