Slip Hazards

Slips, trips and falls at work – the costs

If we listen to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK, we will realise that slips and trips are the most common cause of injuries at work, and in total account for over 33% of all work injuries in the major category.

The cost to employers in the UK is over £512m a year, and account for over 55% of all reported injuries to members of the public.

Everyone in or visiting the workplace is at an equal risk. Workplace insurance is often only able to cover a part of the likely cost, therefore costs to employers can be high, especially from resulting legal action.

Make it Obvious!

The most obvious rule is to make it obvious!  Any area where a slip or trip is likely, make sure you use a very obvious and noticeable sign.  So many wet floor or hazard warning signs are the same these days, and people have stopped noticing them.  Most of use have seen someone knock one over, or kick one, and this is total proof that neither the sign nor the hazard were noticed.

Scary stuff, but at least do what you can!

At least use a sign that is really noticeable, and one that uses a bit of humour – it is bound to register more in the minds of the people around you.  The Banana Cone Wet floor warning signs are really a massive improvement on the standard signs available when it comes to caring for your employees and site visitors.