How your employer can prevent slips and trips

Last updated: 04 Mar 2020

Your employer needs to think about the things in the workplace that could cause people to slip or trip, and decide whether they are doing enough to prevent them. If they’re not, they need to take action. Often, this will be very easy, and may just involve tidying away boxes and cables, or making sure that spills are quickly cleaned up.

The easiest way for an employer to start addressing the things that cause people to slip or trip is to walk around the workplace and spot hazards. According to the Health and Safety Executive, most trips are caused by obstacles in walkways, with the remainder caused by uneven surfaces.

Slips, on the other hand, can be caused by a number of issues, often in combination. Your employer should think about factors like:

  • people’s footwear
  • contamination of the floor (such as leaks or spills of liquid)
  • the type and condition of flooring.

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