Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees. Are you doing all you can to prevent slips, trips and falls in the workplace?
Prevention of slips, trips and falls
- Ensure that your employees are wearing suitable footwear. Depending on the nature of their role, and the environment in which they work, choices such as stilettos can cause slips in the workplace. While this issue lies in the hands of the employee, it is recommended that employers advise their staff on attire through policies and uniform requirements to avoid blame and minimise accidents at work.
- Keep walkways clear. While it isn’t always possible to avoid maintenance to walkways, to prevent trips, every effort should be made to make designated walkways free from obstruction, and available to all employees and visitors.
- Keep walkways and communal areas clean and tidy. General housekeeping is required for the upkeep of your building and can help to diminish the number of hazards in the workplace that cause slips, trips and falls. Not limited to spills and wet flooring, loose cables and litter also pose significant risk.
- Maintain the workspace. As well as general housekeeping, it is important that the workplace is assessed on a regular basis to ensure it is fit for purpose. With regards to slips, trips, and falls, employers must ensure that flooring is free from potholes and erosion, as well as checking that carpets and hard flooring are fitted correctly. Uneven walkways are a top cause of slips, trips and falls in the workplace.
- Essentially, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), employers must create a plan that is inclusive of checks on walkway obstruction, housekeeping, and maintenance. The successful union of these three areas leads to a safer work environment.
What to do if you suffer from a workplace accident
Employers have a legal responsibility to make sure their employees and visitors are safe while at work or in their building. Should you have sustained an injury due to their failure to meet this requirement, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim the personal injury compensation you are entitled to.
With photographs of the incident, injury, and an objective statement of events, Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine if your case is worth pursuing.
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Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown