Slips, trips and falls are a common cause of accidents and injury in the workplace. They affect everyone. It doesn’t matter which industry you work in or whether your work is indoors or outdoors. Slips, trips and fall injuries can be so serious some people never fully recover. It is important therefore, that you learn to recognise and control slip, trip and fall hazards.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires that employers ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This means balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the risk in terms of money, time or trouble. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips and trips were the most common cause of major/specified injuries to employees, with falls from height the next most common (RIDDOR). Slips, trips and falls were responsible for more than half (57%) of all major/specified incidents and almost three in ten (29%) over seven-day injuries to employees, making up 36% of all reported injuries to employees (RIDDOR).
The latest Labour Force Survey (LFS) rates of self-reported workplace non-fatal injury with over-three-day absence, averaged 2011/12 – 2013/14, are:
190 per 100 000 workers for non-fatal slip and trip injuries; and between 48 and 77 per 100 000 workers.
About 1.5 million working days were lost due to slips & trips and falls:
986 thousand working days due to slips & trips and
567 thousand working days due to falls.
Employees have a duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of others. They must use any safety equipment provided. This Slips, Trips, and Falls eLearning course provides essential information on how slips, trips and falls occur in the workplace. It identifies common hazards that can cause accidents.
By completing the Slips, Trips and Falls eLearning course the users will understand the importance of risk identification, accident prevention and maintenance of good housekeeping procedures. The users will appreciate how to be more responsible when considering their own personal safety.
Main sections in this Slips, Trips and Falls online training:
- Slips and Trips
- Final Test