Avoidable slips trips and falls dominate work accidents

Published:  05 October, 2011

LONDON: A third of all major injuries in the workplace are caused by slips, trips and falls according to survey jointly conducted by the Institute of Occupational Safety and the Health and Safety Executive.

Employers can help prevent such accidents with measures such as anti-slip matting, good lighting and better training. Accidents such as these are avoidable and employers and employees can take precautions to help reduce accidents.

Measures to reduce the danger of these accidents include:

  • Good lighting to illuminate floors
  • Markings to highlight a change in floor level
  • Ensuring employees wear suitable footwear
  • Slip resistant flooring.

James Braund a specialist personal injury solicitor with Trethowans LLP, says "This recognition that often employers can do more to prevent such accidents should be welcomed. However it is also important to recognise that such accidents are not simply limited to employees; members of the public visiting a workplace run similar risks."

If employees or the public are injured they may have a claim against the business he warns.

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