According to a recent HSE (Health and Safety Executive) survey, slip trips and falls are the most frequent cause of non-fatal injury in the workplace. There were an estimated 600,000 self-reported injuries in the workplace between 2017/18, including 71,062 non-fatal injuries that are accounting for 31% of all major injuries in the workplace. Overall slips and trips cost £512 million a year to employers, also it cost £133 million to the Nation Health Service and cause incalculably cost to individual lives. If you suffered from any slip and fall injury in your workplace and it’s caused by management negligence, you can get in touch with Skip and fall injury lawyer Halifax for filing the claim
What are the main causes of slips, trips, and falls in the workplace?
Slips, trips, and falls can occur anytime in all working places. As a consequence, your employees, clients, vendors and the public may get injured. Prevention can help in reducing the number of injuries, the cost of your employer’s insurance, and legal costs.
Here are some causes of workplace injuries:
- Uneven floor surfaces.
- Wet/slippery floors.
- Unsuitable floor coverings.
- Poor lighting.
- Poor housekeeping.
- Changes in levels.
- Trailing cables.
Obligation the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 lays the responsibilities on your boss to provide a healthy, safe and favorable work environment to all employees for their well-being. This involves protecting staff and the public from threats related to slips, trips, and falls.
How to prevent slips, trips, and falls in the workplace?
The risk assessment by a trained team member can help to identify risks and thereby reduce the risk of injuries in all work areas.
A sensible solution can dramatically minimize slips, trips, and falling accidents without adding substantial business costs. For instance, spillages should be removed right away; wet floors should be marked with suitable signs. Moreover, stairs, handrails, and proper lighting can help to reach uneven levels easily, and poor lighting should be fixed immediately.
On the other hand, you should keep your housekeeping regularly above these risks. Regular cleaning also helps to eliminate broken, loose, or defective floor coverings and focuses on when repairing is needed for flooring. Changes in floor or surface levels and proof of handrail will also enhance protection where the risk of slipping and trip hazards cannot be completely avoided.