Slip and Trip Risk
Slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries at work and can happen almost anywhere. 95% of major slips result in broken bones and they can also be the initial cause for a range of other types of accident such as a fall from height.
Slips and trips are responsible on average for:
- over a third of all reported major injuries
- 20% of over-3-day injuries to employees
Most slips occur in wet or contaminated conditions and most trips are due to poor housekeeping. The solutions are often simple and cost effective, a suitable assessment of the risks should identify the necessary controls and these should include (in no particular order):
- prevention of contamination
- management of spillages and cleaning regimes
- effective matting systems
- choice of suitable footwear
- design of workplace and work activities
- maintenance of plant and the work environment
- specification of appropriate flooring
- effective training and supervision
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable for the workplace and work activity, kept in good condition and kept free from obstructions. Also, people must be able to move around safely.
Slip and trip issues should be a routine part of your local Workplace Safety Inspection regime. Designers and specifiers need to consider the slip potential for floor surfaces in workplaces and public areas. On occasion, It may be necessary to measure the slip potential for a proposed new or existing floor surface. The documents listed below provide further information on these aspects.