Health and safety signage to prevent slips and trips in the workplace?
Posted by Ben Alexander.
Firms can implement simple measures to prevent slips, trips and falls in the workplace, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has said.
For the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), reducing falls and trips at work is one of its key priorities – falls continue to be the biggest cause of deaths in Britain's workplaces. In 2007/8, 34 of the 72 deaths in the construction industry, for example, were because of a fall from height.
Businesses may want to consider putting up safety signage at their premises to alert workers to the danger of slips and falls.
"Slips, trips and falls account for around 40 per cent of all major injuries at work, and 20 per cent of over-three-day injuries," said Roger Bibbings, RoSPA's occupational safety adviser.
Given that early intervention to prevent such accidents is key, Mr Bibbings said that there are several easy-to-introduce steps firms can take.
"Some simple measures to prevent slips, trips and falls at work are: good lighting; attention to sudden changes in level; prevention of contamination smooth floor surfaces, such as matting at entrances for people to wipe their feet; quick action to mop up spills."
"All such measures are cheap and easy compared to the pain and cost of falls leading to fractures and other injuries," Mr Bibbings said.
This month, a Sheffield construction firm was fined £15,000 after a worker was left in a coma for two months following a fall.
The 31-year-old employee of MacDonald Joinery & Construction fell three metres to a concrete floor after being hit on the head by a falling lighting pelmet.
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