Preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace pt.2

In your workplace, your employer is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of all staff. This means taking all reasonable steps to prevent incidents like slips, trips and falls, which happen more often than any other workplace incident.

In part 1 of this guide, we looked at the steps employers can take to prevent slips, trips and falls. However, employees also have a role to play, so let’s move on to things you can do as a member of staff to keep yourself and others safe at work:

  • Consider attending a health and safety at work course
  • Report damaged flooring, matting or another potential tripping hazard right away
  • Report spillages or clean it up yourself if possible
  • Keep the workplace tidy and free of obstacles, and encourage others to do the same
  • Remove obstacles when you see them
  • Report accidents and near misses, no matter how small
  • If you are given personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear, such as non-slip footwear, for example, make sure you wear and look after it
  • Tell your employer about any potentially dangerous situation or threat to health and safety you observe.