Over a third of all major injuries reported each year are caused as a result of a 'slip or trip' - the single most common cause of injuries at work. This costs employers over £512 million a year in lost production and other costs. Slips and trips also account for over half of all reported injuries to members of the public.
Recognising the importance of slips and trips, the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities have included this topic in their programmes of work designed to achieve national targets set to improve health and safety performance. These targets were published by the Government and the Health and Safety Commission in the Revitalising Health and Safety strategy statement of June 2000.
Legal actions brought as a result of an injury can be extremely damaging to business, especially where the public are involved. Insurance covers only a small proportion of the costs.
Anyone at work, but particularly employers, can help to reduce slip and trip hazards through good health and safety arrangements. Effective solutions are often simple and affordable, and also lead to other benefits.
Slip, Trip and Fall Rates by Employment SectorThis image shows the number of incidents per industry, and the number per 100,000 employees to allow a side-by-side comparison of the various industries in terms of risk.
How Can This Be Prevented?
By investing in high-quality anti-slip products with long-lasting results, you can save your business money while ensuring that your employees are fully protected while in the workplace. Avoid potential injuries and claims with the following:
*2010/11 Statistics courtesy of HSE.
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