SAFETY NEWS – June 2023

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Slips, Trips & Falls

Slips, trips and falls are a common reason for many of the injuries in workplaces. They can cause minor injuries but can also lead to serious, long-term injuries. Many slip, trips and falls are avoidable and there are usually easy solutions a workplace can apply to control the risk, either by eliminating or minimising it. It could be as simple as cleaning up a spillage straight away, or moving a cord off a walkway which can prevent injuries from occurring.

What to watch out for that are common causes of slip, trips and falls? 

  • Poor housekeeping & messy sites 
  • Poor lighting 
  • Uneven walking surfaces 
  • Clutter on site 
  • Uncovered cords and cables 
  • Weather conditions (e.g. rain, ice, dust) 
  • Obstructed views 
  • Unsuitable footwear 
  • Distractions (e.g. cell phone, other workers) 

What can you do to help prevent slips, trips and falls occurring? 

  • Keeping work areas clear & tidy from clutter, obstructions and rubbish.
  • Any waste placed in designated bins.
  • Clean up any leaks or spills immediately.
  • Put tools and equipment away.
  • Wear suitable footwear (e.g. grippy, anti-slip).
  • Ensure work areas are well lit and sufficient light for work.
  • Keep cords and cables out of walkways, covered or secured.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and focus on what you are doing.
  • Work to the weather conditions.

What if a slip, trip or fall occurs or nearly occurs? 

  • Report all slip, trip and fall accidents and near misses, with or without injury, this will help identify the hazards and implement control measures to prevent reoccurrence.


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