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Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls are the main cause of accidents in the workplace that result in more than 3 days absence from work.

The main causes of slips, trips and falls includes:

  • spills
  • wet surfaces
  • damaged flooring
  • changes in level of floors
  • slippery surfaces
  • transition areas, for example, carpeted to tiled floor
  • cables, mats and other floor obstructions
  • overused warning or safety signs
  • footwear
  • inadequate or inappropriate lighting

See: Safety guidance to prevent slips, trips, and falls (PDF, 424.5KB)

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Managers carrying out a risk assessment

You must ensure that slips, trips and falls are assessed as part of the risk assessment.

When carrying out the risk assessment, you should consider:

  • the use of the premises
  • the occupancy of the premises
  • the services being supplied
  • the activity that takes place

Information and advice

For information and advice contact the health and safety helpdesk

Related files

Safety guidance to prevent slips, trips, and falls (PDF, 424.5KB)

General risk assessment form (Word, 42KB, 2 pages)

Page last reviewed: 20/11/2020
Next review due: 20/11/2023