Online Moving and Assisting of People Level 2 (VTQ)

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Slips, Trips and Falls

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Strategies to Mitigate Slips, Trips, and Falls in Businesses

Slips, trips, and falls, costing businesses over £300 million annually, are significant workplace hazards that require diligent attention to prevent injuries and lost work time.

The Unexpected Nature of Slips, Trips, and Falls

These incidents can occur unexpectedly during various activities, including walking, carrying loads, or even getting up from a desk.

Role of Risk Assessments and Inspections

Identifying hazards through risk assessments and health and safety inspections is crucial, alongside employee awareness and vigilance.

Common Hazards Leading to Slips, Trips, and Falls

Examples of hazards include:

  • Wet floors, controlled by cleaning and warning signs
  • Obstacles like curbs, steps, and floor mats
  • Clutter such as boxes, handbags, or rubbish
  • Electrical cables posing trip and electrical shock risks

Importance of Good Housekeeping

Effective housekeeping practices can significantly reduce risks:

  • Securing cables and storing personal items safely
  • Keeping walkways and stairs clear of obstacles and holding handrails
  • Monitoring for loose carpet areas and reporting them for repair

Proactive Safety Measures

Employees can contribute to a safer workplace by:

  • Being mindful of their actions and cleaning up after themselves
  • Reporting safety concerns promptly
  • Planning routes carefully when carrying or moving loads


Preventing slips, trips, and falls requires a combined effort of risk management, good housekeeping practices, and individual responsibility to maintain a safe working environment.