How can you prevent slips, trips and falls?
Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved.
According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive, in 2016/17 slips, trips and falls accounted for:
- 29% of all employee non-fatal injuries
- 45% of all reported major injuries
- 25% of over-seven-day injuries to employees.
All employers should assess the risk of slips and trips in the workplace, to ensure the safety of employees, visitors and contractors. Similarly, anyone who is in control of premises needs to manage the risks of slipping and tripping
Have you heard about GRIP?
GRIP, a practical footwear rating scheme developed by the Health and Safety Laboratory, uses rigorous, scientific testing to measure and grade the slip resistance of footwear. This enables employers to choose the most appropriate footwear for their working environments to protect their employees, reduce slipping accidents and avoid the costs of slip-related work absences.
Have a look at our loss prevention standard for more guidance on slips, trips and falls.
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