What you should know
Slips and trips remain the single most common cause of major injury in UK workplaces. Every year there are many accidents that could be prevented by implementing some simple procedures.
What you should do
You must ensure that your employees, and anyone else who could be affected by your work, (such as visitors and members of the public), are kept safe from harm.
You must assess the risk from slips and trips and take reasonable precautions. These are some of the areas that you might consider as part of your assessment:
An unexpected obstacle in your path can cause a serious trip and fall. People need a clear space in which to work so make sure that boxes, bags, cables and other obstacles aren’t left lying around. Storage should always be provided for incoming deliveries and staff belongings.
Floor in poor condition
It is easy to trip on damaged floors so, if you spot an area of damage, arrange for it to be fixed straight away; don’t put off repairs. As a temporary measure highlight the damaged area, report it and, where possible, keep people away
Most slips happen on wet or dirty floors. Anything that gets onto the floor needs to be removed quickly and effectively. Ensure cleaning happens at the right time and is carried out in the correct manner, using the right products and equipment for the job.
Water overflow or leak
An overflowing sink or a leak that causes water to drip onto the floor can create a serious slip hazard, especially on a smooth floor. Stop it from getting onto the floor in the first place. Turn off taps and fix leaks quickly – use drip trays or something similar as a temporary measure.
Spills from food or cooking are among the main causes of slips in kitchens. Staff must be vigilant and clean up any spilled substance that could cause a hazard.
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