According to the Health and Safety Executive, slips and trips cost British business around £512 million each year.
Such incidents account for 50 per cent of all reported accidents to members of the public that happen in workplaces.
Slips and trips increase during the upcoming winter season for a number of reasons – including adverse weather and reduced daylight hours – but employers can take effective action to reduce the risk.
Obligations outlined by the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act and reinforced by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require employers to ensure staff are kept safe by minimising slip and trip risks within the workplace.
During the winter months, the need for employers to carry out the necessary checks and make sure regulations are adhered to becomes ever more pressing.
One of the main causes of slips and trips within the workplace is adverse weather conditions, with rain and snow affecting the grip of footwear or producing wet patches on flooring.
Reduced daylight hours also provide a problem when it comes to safeguarding against slips and trips, as it may be hard to identify obstacles or danger areas.
The HSE states that 50 per cent of all trip accidents are caused by bad housekeeping, so it is necessary for businesses to take every possibly measure to ensure that walkways are kept clear.
Handy tips on preventing slip and trip accidents in the workplace:
For more information on slip and trip accidents and prevention methods, view the HSE’s guide by clicking here.