Slips Trips & Falls
Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury in the workplace. On average, they cause 40 percent of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents, for example, falls from height. Slips and trips are also the most reported injury to members of the public.
<h3″>What is the law?
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.
If there is an incident in the workplace, according to UK Health & Safety laws the employer can be held responsible if a risk assessment hasn’t taken place, as well as measures to control the level of risk.
What Can We Do to Prevent Slips, Trips & Falls?
Support and encouragement is the key to identifying risk and preventing an incident.
If an accident or a near-miss occurs, make sure it is reported. HSE can use this information to prevent future accidents.
If you see a spillage, clean it up or make arrangements for it to be cleaned using the correct cleaning methods.
Consider the flooring and work environment. Is it tidy? Is it damaged?
- Ensure all staff is wearing the correct PPE and that they look after it. Reporting any faults or damage and making arrangements for a replacement is essential. This includes specialist equipment for specific instances, such as the Lone Worker.
- Get workers thinking about people and organisational factors. Encourage a culture where people talk about any work situation that they think is dangerous, or if they notice that something seems wrong with health and safety arrangements.
How can we encourage a positive proactive safety culture?
We at MindSafety teach and encourage ways to stay safe by building new, safer habits; through the use of interactive and engaging workshops and events.
Through the reinforcement of Key Messages, behaviours of leaders feed into the beliefs of the personnel. Some examples of Key Messages are:
Performing frequent Alpha Scan‘s which could be a 20-second scan to identify any potential risks to anyone in the area.
Promoting a Walk-Over Culture to say something, and if necessary, do something if someone sees something.
Taking Immediate Corrective Action is a critical step in containing an arising issue and preventing recurrence of a non-conformance in the workplace.
These are just some of the Key Messages and content we teach in our training courses.
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