During 2014/15, there were 611,000 self-reported workplace injuries relating slips, trips, and falls. This included 76,054 non-fatal injuries and 198,000 self-reported injuries which led to over 3 days absence and 152,000 led to over 7 days absence.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips and trips are the single most common cause of injuries at work and account for over a third (33%) of all major work injuries. Slips and trips cost £512 million to employers per year, £133 million to the Nation Health Service and cause an incalculable cost to human life.
Additionally, the HSE reported that during 2010/2012 there were 23 fatalities due to workers falling from height, slips or trips. Slips, trips, and falls occur in all industry sectors.
Your staff, customers, contractors and members of the public are all at risk from slips, trips, and falls. Prevention can help reduce the number of injuries, the cost of your employer’s’ insurance and legal costs.
What are the main causes of slips, trips, and falls?
- Uneven floor surfaces.
- Unsuitable floor coverings.
- Wet/slippery floors.
- Changes in levels.
- Trailing cables.
- Poor lighting.
- Poor housekeeping.
Obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a responsibility on the employer to “to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work” of all their employees.” This includes protection of workers and the public from risks associated with slips, trips, and falls.
How can you prevent slips, trips, and falls?
Performing a risk assessment by a qualified member of staff, in all workplace areas, will assist in identifying hazards and therefore, reducing the risk of accidents.
A common sense approach can significantly reduce the incidents of slips, trips and falls without adding significant business costs. For example, spillages should be cleared up immediately, wet floors can be identified by using appropriate signage, uneven levels can be accessed safely by use of ramps, handrails, and adequate lighting, and poor lighting should be addressed immediately.
For further information on accident prevention, the EssentialSkillz eLearning course explains what could be considered as workplace hazards, and examines how slips, trips, and falls occur in different work environments. It identifies the importance of risk identification, accident prevention, and good housekeeping procedures. The course also highlights the responsibilities of each employee to protect themselves and others, by following the relevant procedures.
Like all the EssentialSkillz courses, this Slips, Trips and Falls eLearning course can be customised to meet your needs, enabling your workforce to understand the specific policies and procedures you have developed for your organisation. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images of the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation, all at no extra cost.
If you have less than 100 employees and require eLearning on a PAYG basis, why not use www.courses123.com to download the training you require so your team to avoid slips, trips and falls today!