No matter what you do to avoid them, they happen.
You’ll probably be well aware of the phrase ‘slips, trips and falls’ from various safety talks or training sessions, but have you really thought about what it actually means? A little research into the subject reveals a lot of information that we think is really important for all ‘responsible people’ on building sites to know.
The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) says this about slips, trips and falls:
Everyone can make a contribution to reducing slips and trips on site. If you see a risk, sort it, or report it to someone who can.
Additional responsibility is placed on those in charge of sites. Any accident on site that is considered serious needs (by law) to be reported by ‘responsible persons’ including employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises’. Accidents have to be reported under RIDDOR.
RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013
The statistics we found are quite startling with a THIRD of all employee accidents being attributed to slips, trips and falls:
Falls and slips & trips, combined, account for over a third (35%) of employee injuries. They made up more than half of all reported major/specified injuries and almost three in ten (29%) over-seven-day injuries to employees (RIDDOR)
This part was of particular interest to us as manufacturers of cable management products:
If you can use cordless tools you may not need to use cables. Where you need cables for temporary lighting or mains-powered tools, run them at high level, especially along corridors
OK, we can’t do much about the ‘slips’, but we can help with the ‘trips and falls’ part.
Our products are specifically designed to raise trailing cables OFF the ground and out of harm’s way.
If you’ve got 110v cables running along your walkways and in areas where workers or members of the public walk, you’ll like our range of cable management products. We want to help you avoid accidents and nobody wants to be completing RIDDOR forms!
View the Tidi-Cable range of products here and see how you can improve your site’s safety record.
Useful resources and links related to slips, trips and falls:
- RIDDOR – http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/
- Who should report? http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/who-should-report.htm
- HSE website (slips, trips and falls page): http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/falls.htm
- Workplace injury stats: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causinj/index.htm