Slips and trips

Slips and trips are a common cause of injury in work and outdoors.

On average, they cause 40% of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents, for example falls from height. Slips and trips are also the most reported injury to members of the public.

More information about what causes slips and trips can be found on the HSE website.

When performing a risk assessment consider the following:

Flooring and the environment
The majority of slips and trips are caused by obstructions in the walkways, or uneven flooring. A safe floor has no unexpected changes in level, and no damage to surfaces. Checks should be made to ensure that carpets are securely fixed down.

Have you thought about other factors like good lighting, distractions such as loud or unfamiliar noises and the effect of the weather, e.g. ice, condensation, or rain?

Important
Tape down carpet runners and wires in you place of worship

Housekeeping
Can you improve your housekeeping to reduce accidents? Keep walkways clear and rooms tidy with suitable storage and waste bins.

Contaminations and cleaning
Most floors only become slippery once they are wet or greasy. Can you reduce or prevent this? Cleaning can create risks from slippery floors and trailing wires.

Do you have a “wet floor” sign that can be used to warn people of slippery surfaces? 

People
Do you and your colleagues have a ‘see it, sort it out’ approach? A positive attitude, rather than waiting for someone else to sort it out, can reduce the risk of accidents.

Important
Create a clean as you see policy

The majority of slips and trips are caused by obstructions in the walkways, or uneven flooring. A safe floor has no unexpected changes in level, and no damage to surfaces. Checks should be made to ensure carpets are securely fixed down.

Have you thought about other factors like good lighting, distractions such as loud or unfamiliar noises and the effect of the weather, e.g. ice, condensation, or rain?

Important note

Tape down carpet runners and wires in Church

Most floors only become slippery once they are wet or greasy. Can you reduce or prevent this?

Cleaning can create risks from slippery floors and trailing wires. Do you have a "wet floor" sign that can be used to warn people of slippery surfaces?

Can you improve your housekeeping to reduce accidents? Keep walkways clear and rooms tidy with suitable storage and waste bins.

Do you and your colleagues have a ‘see it, sort it out’ approach? A positive attitude, rather than waiting for someone else to sort it out can reduce the risk of accidents.

Important note

Create a 'clean as you go' policy