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Accidents at Workplaces: A Remedial Read

slip or trip accident claimsAccidents in the work premises of the United Kingdom are not rare, with the slip, trip and fall cases keeping the mishap records steady and full. In recent days, the slip or trip accidents have taken an upward turn with the numbers shooting higher, keeping up a see-saw motion with the standard of care of organisations of the nation. Such accidents have serious consequences starting from broken bones to head injuries, whiplash to brain damage. Every employee at work requires to be protected against such mishap through timely analysis of the problem. Thus, based on the report HSE publishes every year on work safety, an analysis of the problem has been done in the segments below for a clearer understanding of the subject.

If reports are to be believed, some basic factors have been scavenged out as the causation of the incidents.

Reasons Working Behind Slip, Trip and Fall Mishaps

Multiple reasons have been unearthed to be working behind slip or trip accidents which are as discussed below:

  • Slippery patches
  • Poor floor condition
  • Improper footwear
  • Littered floor
  • Spillage
  • Work area contamination

Risk Assessment for Slip and Trip

Thus, with the intention of bringing down the cases of slip and trip accidents, a risk assessment needs to be conducted in every work premise before the recruits are allowed to carry out their assigned task. Hence, the inspection should be carried out right after the constructional work of the building is over and before it is made operational. To do this, the following has to be checked:

  • Suitability of the floor design and finish with the kind of work activity to be carried out
  • Dimension of the stairs and how the construction facilitate mounting
  • Floor cleaning techniques and time
  • Electric cables all tucked in or spread loose
  • Enquire the employees about the workplace hazards they’ve noticed
  • Use a mapping tool to spot the trouble areas

It is important that the risk assessment procedure is run every once in a while to ensure that renovation and structural addition to the premise does not affect the safety of its occupants.


Based on the causing factors, some ways of prevention and control have been devised by HSE and other authority concerns to reduce such mishaps at offices. Following can be done to prevent the outrageous count of slip or trip accidents happening at work.

  • Contamination needs to be controlled so that spillage, spreading and scattering is minimized
  • Place entrance matting to prevent tripping
  • Attend to leakage on floor with immediacy
  • Ensure maintenance of equipments
  • Choose cleaning methods depending on the kind of floor and the risks it poses
  • Drying the floor immediately after a clean-up or sweep job.
  • Ensure usage of cleaners correctly
  • Make sure stairs have high visibility and metal railings
  • Replace loose floor tiles
  • Provide anti-slip footwear if work area is specifically designed
  • Managing trailing cables
  • Crowd management to avoid unnecessary rush

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