Slips and trips are one of the most common causes of injury in many workplaces. Whilst most of these are minor, others can be severe and cause disruption to your organisation.
Most slips occur in wet or contaminated conditions, frequently as a result of or spillages. Commonly, trips are caused by worn paths, steps or floor coverings and where electricity cables trail across the floor.
Where an injury occurs due to a slip or trip, your organisation could be prosecuted or sued for compensation by the injured party. Prevention of slips and trips is therefore extremely important for organisations.
You will also need to comply with these if you have control of premises used as a workplace. More generally as someone in control of premises, you will have to make sure that access is safe. This is under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
You also need to meet your common-law duty of care, ensuring that your premises do not cause injury to another because you have acted negligently.
Having a robust strategy in place for managing the risk from slip and trip hazards is key.
This could include carrying out a thorough inspection of your premises to identify any hazards and decide if your precautions are adequate.
In our slips and trips guidance notes below, we provide detailed information on how to prevent slips and trips including actions you can take.