According to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips, trips and falls are the single most common cause of injuries at work and they account for over a third of all major work injuries.
The main causes of slips, trips and falls in the workplace are:
- Uneven floor surface
- Unsuitable floor coverings
- Wet Floors
- Changes in levels
- Trailing Cables
- Poor Lighting
- Poor Housekeeping
These can be due to untidiness in the workplace, things such as oil spills from forklifts in a warehouse setting can cause people to slip and fall over.
What does the law say?
The Health and Safety at work act 1974 (HSW Act) requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks.
Employees have a duty not to put themselves or others in danger and must use any safety equipment provided.
The Management of Health and Safety at work regulations 1999, require employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and where necessary, take action to address them.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.
Debris from packaging in warehouse and factory settings can cause obstruction to people’s pathways, causing them to slip, trip or fall over. An unclean floor can do just the same in a workplace. We at Merit Hygiene can clean this up! Take a look at what we do here.