Vol. 1, Issue 5 (Sep 98) Prevention of Slips, Trips & Falls at Work

More than a third of all major injuries reported to the “Health and Safety Executive” are due to slips, trips or falls.

  • Everyone at work can assist in reducing the number of injuries, through effective health and safety management.
  • Actions brought as a result of an injury can be damaging to any business, especially where the public is involved. Insurance covers only part of the costs it will not necessarily cover all of it.
  • A recent case has lead to compensation of over £125,000.

Managing Health and Safety.

An effective management system will assist in the identification of potential problem areas. It should lead onto what to do and then ensure checks are in place and completed to ensure that effective control measures are effective.


Identify key areas of potential risks and set targets for improvement. Determine working practices and select equipment that will prevent or minimise slips, trips and falls.


All employees (and visitors) should be involved and committed to reducing risks. Individuals should be appointed to ensure that the workplace is kept clear and safe. Records should be kept, be made available and be maintained and should include who is responsible for these arrangements.


Checks should be in place to make sure that any agreed working procedures and practices are adopted and followed.

Monitor and Review.

Examine and re-examine your procedures in the light of experience. Review any accident investigations and inspection reports. Review risk assessments to ensure they are still valid and “suitable and sufficient”.

Look at Potential Slips and Trips Risks

  • Look for slip and trip hazards.
  • Such as trailing cables, un-even floors and slippery surfaces (include outdoor or exposed areas).
  • Decide who can be harmed.
  • Who comes to the workplace? Are they at risk?
  • Consider the risks.
  • Are the precautions enough to deal with the risks? Complete a risk assessment.
  • Record your findings.
  • When there are more than five employed you may have to bring it to the attention of all.
  • Regularly review the assessment.
  • If significant changes occur, ensure that the precautions or controls are still adequate to deal with the risks.

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