Slips Trips and Falls

Checklist Items

  1. You must consider the risk of slips, trips and falls by undertaking a risk assessment .
    A risk assessment is used to identify hazards and the risks from work activities.  A wet floor is an example of a hazard, the risk is the likelihood of an accident occurring. If you have five or more employees you must record the significant findings of your risk assessment. 

  2. You must put in place control measures to prevent slips, trips and falls.
    Examples of control measures used to prevent slips, trips and falls include:+ Selecting floors with an even surface with good slip resistance+ Providing a good level of lighting + Cleaning up spillages immediately+ Providing slip-resistant footwear+ Highlighting changes in level using high visibility tape or treads+ Providing handrails for sloped areas and steps/stairs.

  3. You must provide employees with adequate information, instruction, training and supervision about slips, trips and falls.
    You must provide workers with risk assessment information – see HSE website.  You must also instruct, train and supervise workers in how to prevent slips, trips and falls.

  4. You must record all slips, trips and falls accidents in an accident book.
    All accidents must be reported and recorded in an accident book which complies with data protection legislation. Accident records can be used to monitor any continuous problems with slips, trips and falls. 

  5. You must report accidents relating to slips, trips and falls which result in major or fatal injuries in accordance with Reporting of Injuries Dangerous Diseases Occurrences Regulations 1995 .Accidents which result in major injuries or fatalities must be reported by law.
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