Slips and trips at historic properties
09 July 2019
Historic properties can present different slip and trip hazards to modern buildings and can challenge standard preventative methods, often due to the fabric of the building or design constraints.
Slips and trips hazards
Slips and trips cause many injuries, mostly minor but they can be severe and disabling. They are the most common cause of injury in UK workplaces1, and they account for over a third of liability claims2. Hazards can be present inside a property and outside of it, in car parks, grounds and access roads, and temporary structures such as marquees.
Slip and trip risks can develop over time
In comparison with today, historic properties were most likely built to different standards (if any at all) and for very different purposes. Over time, buildings change becoming worn or damaged and whilst this is part of their story, hazards develop.
Guidance for slips and trips in historic properties
Following a unique project by Ecclesiastical and leading researchers at the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), we have produced a series of guides to help manage slips and trips at historic premises.
The eight-part guide considers a 360o view from prevention to defensibility, and outlines cost-effective, yet sympathetic solutions to protect buildings as well as people.
You can access the practical findings of this unique research by reading more about the different risk factors via the images below or going direct to the guidance documents listed at the bottom of this page.
The problem and the solution
Slips, trips and the law
Naturally, you will want to meet any legal responsibilities you may have. Understanding these will be important and should help you respond in a sensible and proportionate manner.