Trip Hazards In The Workplace


The injury that accounts for a third of all workplace injuries is slipping. Slipping or tripping on the floor is believed to cost employers north of five hundred million pounds each year in the form of lost production and legal costs. Compensation is awarded after a work related slipping incident in the majority of cases as there are plenty of was that an employer can be negligent in preventing the slipping or tripping hazard.

Slipping injuries can be caused by incorrect flooring, damaged floor boards, and insufficiently anti slip coated floors to name just a few. An accident at a Lubricant factory in Stoke on Trent due to insufficiently coated flooring is an example of how one small, preventable accident can cause a loss of thirty thousand pounds through compensation claims. In this particular case it was surprising that the company had failed to provide anti slipping flooring given the sector of the company as any spilt fluid could cause an obvious slipping hazard.

There are many types of flooring that can be used to prevent slipping and tripping. Independent specialists such as Brighouse Flooring Co LTD offer a wide variety of floor types that help prevent slipping through heir use of professional workmanship and a courteous approach to customer care. The law requires that employers adhere to all health and safety regulations and that they must ensure the wellbeing and safety of all their employees as is reasonably practical including steps to control slip and trip risks. It is therefore extremely important that a company is aware of any slipping hazards.

Risk assessments are a vital part of managing the health and safety of a workplace. Risk assessments are required by law and are used to ensure that sensible measures are undertaken to control any and all risks on the workplace such as using a doormat to stop rainwater from being spread onto floors which would make them slippy and hazardous. Control measures for real risks that could cause harm can be implemented by asking employees to think of any hazards they have come across and ask them for good ideas as how to avert any incident, Hazard spotting checklists can be used to keep track of any hazard that has been alerted and needs to be controlled.

The most common reasons for accidents from tripping or slipping is spilled materials. It is very important that materials are cleaned up immediately after spillage as if they are left for a moment they can easily be forgotten about or another person could walk by and trip. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to ensure that all workers clean up immediately after themselves. It is a simple way to avoid adding to the statistics. Slipping and tripping are extremely common in the workplace yet are two extremely avoidable accidents so it is very important to read up on government safety guides to ensure that every preventative measure is undertaken.