Schools are probably some of the safest places on earth, but accidents still do happen, and regularly too. Here are five slip and trip hazards that can occur at local secondary schools and knowing these will help you be more aware of how to avoid them.
- Slip, trip and fall by the pool
Many secondary schools have a swimming pool, and slips and trips often happen pool side. It is up to teachers and caretakers to make students aware of the dangers of the pool side and to keep the pool side safe and clear of obstacles. If these responsibilities are neglected, slip accidents can happen.
- Slips and falls in the changing rooms
Changing rooms can be slippery areas and are often covered in water or mud. These changing rooms should be kept clean and regularly checked by the caretakers of the secondary school. This ensures that when students arrive to get changed and ready for a class that they don’t have a trip accident or slip over, suffering an accident.
- Slip injuries in the bathrooms
Bathrooms can be very wet areas, especially when students have perhaps been a little unruly. If a bathroom is wet, students should notify a teacher immediately, as a slippery bathroom floor could result in a whole host of injuries and accidents for students and teachers alike and the area should be seen to and cleared immediately.
- Fall accident in the dining room
Dining rooms are very busy places and are areas that are home to hundreds of students and plates and plates of food. Sometimes, food and drink can fall onto the floor, and when this happens, a member of staff should deal with it immediately. Spilled food or drink can be a hazard for anyone working or studying in the school, and can cause a fall or slip in seconds.
- A fall on the stairs
Stairs, as students go to and from classrooms, can become exceptionally busy, making it a breeding ground for falls and trips. Moving slowly and sensibly on the stairs without pushing or shoving ensures that students’ safety is not at risk.
Have you had an accident at a secondary school?
Accident Advice Helpline can help. Whether you work or study at the school, if the accident was not your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice