Managing slips and trips
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.
What are the main causes of slips and trips?
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.
What are your legal responsibilities in relation to slips and trips?
If you are an employer you must comply with the general requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. More specifically, you must also comply with the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations. These require that workplaces are properly maintained, well lit and free of obstacles amongst other things.
How can you prevent slips and trips?
Having a robust strategy in place for managing the risk from slip and trip hazards is key.