What causes slips and trips?

Last updated: 04 Mar 2020

Though slips and trips may seem at the less serious end of health and safety risks, falling can have devastating consequences. Falls are one of the most common workplace accidents, and are among the highest causes of serious injury.

Slips and trips cause an average of two workplace deaths each year. This is despite slip and trip hazards often being easy to address.


The things that cause people to slip or trip are as common as they are wide ranging. However, most slips and trips are caused by:

  • poor lighting
  • trailing cables
  • unsuitable floor coverings
  • uneven or damaged floor surfaces
  • contaminated floor surfaces, for example liquid or grease
  • poor housekeeping, for example tripping or falling over something left in a walkway.

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