8 Ways to Reduce Slips, Trips, and Falls at Work

As the leading cause of workplace accidents, slips, trips, and falls happen easily and frequently. Here’s how to prevent slip-trip injury…

Reducing the Hazards

Slips, trips, and falls are one of the most common accidents in Britain and are the prevailing cause for workers’ compensation claims. Falling from a height is the most frequent reason for fatal injury to workers over the last five years, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Additionally, a staggering 50 people die each year from a slip, trip or fall with many others critically injured, as recorded by slipstripsandfalls.org.uk.

A variety of personal injuries occur as a result of slip, trip and fall injuries, such as; back pain, sprained ankles, head injuries, knee or wrist injuries to name a few.

Sometimes we fail to realise that we are surrounded by slip-trip injury hazards and slip-trip accidents happen. They’re often the result of someone else’s negligence or failure to act, as opposed to our own ignorance regarding our environment. When this is the case, it is possible to make a slip-trip injury compensation claim to recover any medical expenses, lost earnings or any other costs that may have been incurred as a result of the injury.  

To help prevent injury, read our list of the top 10 ways to reduce slip, trip, and fall accidents in the workplace:  

1.Well-placed signage

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) state that Slip, trip, and fall injuries make up almost 20% of all job-related injuries. Clear and concise signs and a path with no obstructions in the workplace immediately lessen the likelihood of a slip-trip accident.

2. Wearing appropriate footwear

Having a sensible footwear policy and appropriate slips, trips, and falls risk assessments in place is key to having a safe workplace. Appropriate footwear reduces the risk of our feet being in pain whilst working, hot liquids seeping through inappropriate shoes, and heavy or dangerous items falling onto our feet.

3. Clean up spills immediately

All spills have the ability to make surfaces unsafe and cause a slip. A person claiming slip-trip injury compensation after having slipped on a wet floor is not uncommon and when they do, it is usually a result of incorrect health and safety practices in place. An employer’s failure to abide by the Health and Safety at Work Act, or to carry out a standard slips trips and falls risk assessment, can lead to slip-trip injury accidents in not just workplaces, but public places too. Public slips are just as common as slip-trip accidents at work.

4. Keep cords hidden

All cables (especially long ones) should be run behind walls or kept under carpets to reduce the chances of causing an obstruction to employees who may not be paying full attention to the floor.

5. Keep stairwells and emergency exits clear

Obstructive items should be kept out of the way of stairwells and emergency exits, especially if they could cause slip-trip injuries. These items include unsecured rugs or carpets, shoes, stationery, and so on.  

6. Step stools

Secure and appropriate ladders and step stools should be provided to anyone who needs to safely work at height. Supportive options can reduce the risk of an employee, or anyone visiting the workplace, falling from a height.

7. Lighting

Sufficient lighting inside and outside of the workplace can help illuminate places that may contain a higher risk of a slip, trip, and fall accident. Stairs and other potentially dangerous parts of the work environment can cause unexpected obstacles for individuals. Adequate lighting can help eliminate this hazard.

8. Clear and clutter-free walkways

By keeping walkways clean and clutter-free, you can swiftly reduce the chances of someone suffering a work-related personal injury.

How Cute Injury can help

If you have suffered a personal injury in the workplace as a result of a slip-trip accident, and you feel that it is a result of the environment being unsafe, then you can claim for compensation. Contact us today for free help and information.

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