Slips and Trips

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Slips and Trips

Slips and trips within the workplace are the most common causes of major injuries at work and can happen almost everywhere. 95% of major slips result in broken bones and they can also be the initial causes for a range of other type of accident such as falls from height.

Slips and trips are responsible for, on average:

  • Over a third of all reported major injuries
  • 20% of over-3-day injuries to employees
  • 2 fatalities per year
  • 50% of all reported accidents to members of the public that happen in workplaces
  • cost to employers £512 million per year (lost production and other costs)
  • cost to health service £133 million per year
  • incalculable human cost
  • more major injuries in manufacturing and in the service sectors than any other cause

All employers have a legal duty to assess the risks to employees and others who may be affected by their work, e.g. visitors and members of the public. This helps to find out what needs to be done to control the risk. It is also needed to satisfy the law.

Step 1: Look for slip and trip hazards around the workplace, such as uneven floors, trailing cables, areas that are sometimes slippery due to spillages. Include outdoor areas.

Step 2: Decide who might be harmed and how? Who comes into the workplace? Are they at risk? Do you have any control over them? Remember that older people and people with disabilities may be at particular risk.

Step 3: Consider the risks. Are the precautions already taken adequate to deal with the risks?

Step 4:  Record your findings if you have five or more employees.

Step 5: Regularly review the assessment. If any significant changes take place, make sure existing precautions and management arrangements are still adequate to deal with the risks. Preventing slips and trips at work.


For ore information, please see the HSE website below.

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