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Slips trips and falls are estimated to cost business over £300 million pounds a year. They are rarely fatal but cause a lot of pain, discomfort and time off work.
A slip, trip or fall can occur at any time and often when your least expecting it. You could be walking around the workplace, carrying a load or simply getting up from your desk and a fall could occur.
Through risk assessing and health and safety inspections will identify many hazards but good health and safety awareness in the workplace by employees will also reduce the hazards.
Some examples of slip, trip and fall hazards include:
Wet floors as water are often invisible and cause a slip hazard. Control is by cleaning up water and the use of warning signs.
Kurbs and steps are an oblivious hazard but floor mats can easily trip people up.
Other trip hazards include boxes, handbags, rubbish, photocopier paper to name a few.
Electrical cables pose a double risk. First, the trip hazard and secondly if cables are pulled from the wall then there is an electric shock risk.
Good housekeeping will reduce many slip, trip and fall risks. Some examples include:
Think about your actions, tidy up after yourself, report any concerns and if you are caring or moving a load, check your route first.