Health & Safety 101: How to Prevent Slipping, the Most Common Workplace Injury

Health & Safety 101: How to Prevent Slipping, the Most Common Workplace Injury

As an employer, it is your responsibility to watch out for your employee’s wellbeing.

 

According to the HSE, slips and trips made up 30% of non-fatal injuries in 2018. Making them the most common injury in the workplace.

 

What does this mean for your business?

 

Slips and trips accounted for over 20% of non-fatal injuries in the workplace that lead to a more than seven-day employee absence.

 

This means slips and trips are causing disruptions across many businesses. In some cases, employees make claims against their employers which means you will have to make claims on your insurance. Tragically, some accidents prove to be fatal for some employees

 

Regardless of your industry, consider the following tips to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls:

 

Firstly, prevent floor contamination:

Floor contamination can be spillages, leaks, snow & ice, materials carried indoors on people’s shoes and improper cleaning methods. Any of these can turn your floor into a slippery surface that can cause injuries.  What preventative measures can be put in place for this? 

 

  • Install floor entrance matting
  • Routine maintenance on building fixtures and machinery
  • Proper cleaning procedures
  • Using appropriate hazard signage when floors are slippery

 

Secondly, analyse organisational risks:

In most, if not all, industries there are hazards that could cause slips, trips and falls. It probably does not need saying that you should consider this risk in your routine risk assessments but what are the safety policies and procedures you should put in place after you’ve assessed that slips and trips are a risk?

 

  • Add non-slip footwear to your dress code policy
  • Make a rule of safely storing hazardous equipment like cables
  • Make sure walkways are always clear
  • Encourage employees to avoid rushing

 

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