Sliptember is a month-long initiative raising awareness of slip safety. We all know slips, trips and falls are a hazard and many businesses will already believe they are doing a good job in this area to prevent accidents.
Perhaps you’ll put a yellow warning sign out and think that’s enough? Or maybe you think that your insurance will cover you if there is an accident?
That may be well and good but the statistics say otherwise:
- 30% of non-fatal injuries reported under RIDDOR 21/22 were in relation to a slip, trip or fall on the same level
- And, according to AXA, slips alone are the costliest type of health & safety claims totalling £80 million each year – that’s well over £1.5 billion of slip accident insurance claims paid out (2018)!
Over the last 15 years slips, trips and falls are consistently the biggest cause of accident, injury and insurance claims in most sectors and the data has flatlined, suggesting that there’s been no improvement in slip safety management.
The cost to businesses of slips trips and falls is as follows:
- 38 million working days were lost to work-related illness and workplace injury (21/22)
- £18.8 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill-health from current working conditions (19/20)
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What can you do to prevent slips, trips and falls at work?
Carry out a thorough risk assessment to identify health and safety risks in your workplace. Risk assessments are not about creating lots of paperwork, they’re about taking sensible measures to prevent accidents and controlling risks.
Your risk assessment will highlight the risks in your workplace that could lead to slips or trip injuries, whether you’re doing enough to prevent them or if you should be doing more.
Once you know the risks, you should put in place measures to reduce risk, for example using door mats to stop rainwater being traipsed through a building, preventing slips.
- Ask your employees what they think hazards are and where they are – they may be more aware of potential hazards than you are.
- Use hazard spotting checklists or the HSEs slips and trips mapping tool.
In most cases, straightforward safety measures will help you control the risks of slips and trips some examples could include:
- Use the right cleaning methods
- Clean at times of the day when there is less foot traffic around
- Use the correct cleaning method and product for the type of floor
- Ensure smooth floors are dried after cleaning
- Put in place arrangements for routine cleaning and dealing with spills
- Remove spillages quickly
- Check floors regularly for damage and replace when necessary
- Consider the type of floor in the workplace and using matting if appropriate i.e. entrance matting
- Keep walkways clear of obstacles and obstructions such as boxes or loose cables
- Consider people and outside factors – for example how can you avoid people rushing or overcrowding.
- Consider the types of footwear being worn in the environment
- Consider adverse weather conditions and the effect they may have on floor surfaces.
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