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Slips, Trips & Falls – Have you got it covered?

Slips, Trips & Falls – Have you got it covered? 21 May 2019
✚ An estimated 172,050 non-fatal injuries in the workplace were caused by slips, trips & falls during 2017/2018.
✚ 50% of slips, trips & falls involve members of the public
✚ Slips, trips & falls costs the EU economy an estimated €20 Billion per year

Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. According to the HSE, slips and trips make up 40 per cent of all reported major injuries*.

They also state that slips and trips are the most reported injury to members of the public.

Are you effectively managing your risk of slips, trips and falls in your working environment?

As an employer you are responsible for assessing this risk to both employees and others who may be affected by their work (e.g. visitors or members of the public). Ensuring you have a risk assessment process in place will not only reduce absenteeism within your working environment and lead to greater productivity within your workforce, but additionally reduce your liability as an employer.

As an employer there are measures that you can implement in your workplace to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls, these solutions can often be very inexpensive and simple to implement.

The HSE recommends a five-step approach, in order to control risks in your workplace and satisfy the laws around these risks.

1. Review your entire workplace for slip and trip hazards, look for uneven floors, trailing cables, steps and stairs, carpets, and areas that are sometimes slippery due to spillages. Include outdoor areas and consider how the weather might affect these areas throughout the year. Also consider the lighting of these areas and how this change’s throughout the year.
2. Decide who might be harmed and how. Who is likely to have access to that environment? Are they at risk? Do you have any control over them?
3. Consider the risks you’ve identified. Are the precautions already taken adequate to deal with the risks? If not, what changes do you need to implement in order to reduce the risk?
4. Record your findings.
5. Regularly review your assessment. If any significant changes take place within your workspace, review precautions accordingly and ensure risk management arrangements are still adequate to deal with any new risks generated by these changes.

Non-fatal injuries to employees by most common accident kinds

(Non-fatal injuries under RIDDOR 2017/18, includes those accident kinds that account for 5% or more of the total)

31% – Slip, trip or fall on same level
21% – Handling, lifting or Carrying
10% – Struck by moving object
08% – Falls from a height
07% – Acts of violence

Non-fatal injuries at work in Great Britain

555,000 – Estimated non-fatal injuries to workers according to self-reports in 2017/18 (LFS)
71,062 – Employee non-fatal injuries reported by employers in 2017/18 (RIDDOR)

Self-reported non-fatal injuries by length of absence from work

(LFS estimate, 2017/18)
Injuries with over 7 days absence 135,000
Injuries with up to 7 days absence 420,000

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