Slip, Trips and Fall Hazards in the Workplace

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The workplace can be a chaotic and busy place. Customers and staff can roam your premises, so it’s important to make sure they’re safe. Accidents can happen anytime, whether it is due to a slippery floor or trailing leads. These accidents can cause injury. Injuries can be minor bruises or have life changing consequences, but ultimately, they make your business liable. This article will address some of the common slip, trip and fall hazards in the workplace and advise you on how to avoid them.

Firstly, we look at slip hazards, where a defect in the flooring causes people to lose their footing. Examples of this include, people spilling drinks, leaving mopped floors wet and customers bringing in the rain via their footwear. A premises with high volumes of traffic is especially prone to this as it is harder to prevent.

Secondly, trip hazards. Trips can be a result of poor housekeeping. Not having proper storage for wires and stock can be dangerous. This usually means the stock is blocking pathways and is therefore likely to prevent safe passage for employees and consumers. Uneven and sloped surfaces can also cause trips in the workplace due to the inconsistent nature of the flooring. Look at our last blog where we covered this in further detail. 

Finally, fall hazards. Fall hazards can occur at any height, whether it be from a ladder or through a man hole cover. Moreover, stairs or ledges could lead to falling. If stairs or ledges are not clearly visible, there is potential for accidents. Slip, trips and falls are the most common form of employee non fatal work accidents, making up 29% of accidents according to the HSE (2016/17).

How to prevent slip, trip and fall hazards:

Slips:

  • Clear up spillages as soon as possible.
  • Display correct signage for wet floors or when cleaning is in progress.
  • Have appropriate footwear as part of the dress code.
  • Consider Anti Slip treatment for areas that a prone to spills or rain.
  • If you have high footfall provide umbrella stands and rain mats during bad weather.

Trips:

  • Storing stock away properly is important. Put in extra storage if needed. For example, shelves.
  • Add extra plug sockets to avoid running wires across passage ways.
  • There is a need for sufficient lighting. This makes any hazards visible.
  • Clear walk ways will increase the ease people can walk around.

Falls:

  • Only allow fully trained employees use of ladders and/or other working platforms.
  • Provide appropriate handrails if there are steps and clearly identify the edges.
  • Always secure unguarded edges and access hatches. For example, basement doors. 
  • Use barriers for ledges to stop people falling. 

How Sure Safety can help:

At Sure Safety, we put the client first. We tailored our services to suit the needs and requirements of the client. This means it doesn’t matter if you’re big or small, we can help. Our consultants will be waiting for your queries and help you work out the best solution. It is our aim to make safety as simple as we can for you.

Our consultants can come and assess the risks of your premises. By offering a fresh set of eyes, they will identify any potential slip, trip or fall hazards. To get in touch with one of our consultants and to arrange a viewing, call 0292 086 8802. Furthermore, you can email: info@suresafety.org 

Have a look at what Brooking Decorators had to say about our service: ‘I recommend Sure Safety Consultancy Ltd very highly.  I have had an excellent experience with them putting in place a health & safety policy for my company.  They were very approachable and are always there to offer advice’.

Sure Safety can offer consultancy in the following areas: Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, Fire, Accreditation, Training and Policies, Planning and Management Systems. For more information on these services, look at our website. Furthermore, you can check out our Twitter or Facebook.

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