Slips, Trips and Accidents in the Workplace

Slips, Trips and Accidents in the Workplace

Slips, Trips and Accidents in the Workplace

Slips, Trips and Accidents in the Workplace

Whether someone slips, trips or falls over in the workplace, there is a set procedure that must take place. Slipping or tripping over something in the workplace is the most common accident caused at work. It is estimated that slips, trips and falls are responsible for causing 50% of all workplace injuries and accidents. Falling, particularly if from a great height can be the cause of more serious injuries and can often prove fatal. Therefore, the importance of risk assessment when monitoring ways to prevent slips, trips and falls cannot be understated.

 

So what does the Health and Safety Executive say about this type of accident or injury? In 1974, an Act was passed in law which requires employers the responsibility of ensuring all employees are safe. The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) means employers must carry out regular assessments to look out for risks that may be deemed dangerous and cause employees to trip, slip or fall.

Slips, Trips and Accidents in the Workplace

A risk assessor would often be delegated by a company owner or building representative to oversee the daily duties of making sure the health and safety of those that work within the building are maintained. The health and safety officer would check for things like cables or wires that are protruding into walkways, platforms with insecure foot plates, liquids that have been spilled on the floor and carpet tiles that may have curled up on one corner and present a trip hazard to employers walking around.

 

The health and safety officer is then responsible for recording all the finding they have found and then taking action to remedy the situation, so that it no longer becomes a hazard which may cause an employer to slip, trip or fall.

 

The duties of the health and safety officer were enshrined in law in 1999 when a regulation was passed (The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999) requiring a health and safety officer to check regularly for risks that may cause an employee to trip, fall or slip anywhere in the workplace.

Slips, Trips and Accidents in the Workplace

Another regulation was introduced in 1992 requiring health and safety representatives to make sure all floors, pathways, warehouse floor areas, walkways and dining areas do not have any obstacles or hazards which may cause an accident (The Workplace ((Health, Safety and Welfare)) Regulations 1992). It determined that all employees and visitors should be able to move around the workplace safely and securely.

Slips, Trips and Accidents in the Workplace

 

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