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RoSPA: Slip, trip and fall measures are easy and inexpensive

7th March 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

Implementing measures to prevent slips, trips and falls, such as health and safety signage, is easy to do and inexpensive for organisations, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has said.

RoSPA's occupational safety adviser, Roger Bibbings, said all organisations need to assess their environments for potential hazards and risk areas.

Figures released last week (March 2nd) from the National Patient Safety Agency show that the number of incidents in England reported during the six months to November 2010 were up four per cent (547,879) on the previous reporting period.

The most common type of incident was slips, trips and falls (29 per cent).

"Some easy and inexpensive ways to reduce slips, trips and falls are: remove slip and trip hazards; monitor near misses involving slips and trips; avoid spillages and contamination; implement good cleaning regimes; and ensure good lighting is present in workplaces," said Mr Bibbings.

He added that undertaking a consultation with both workers and the public would be productive, and organisations should ensure that management and employees are properly trained to carry out tasks.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800445567-ADNFCR


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