05/18/2007

Slips and trips mapping tool

Slips and trips account for about a third of all reported major injuries. 95%
of those injuries involve fractures of arms, wrists and ankles.

Slips and trips mapping can be used in any workplace or work area and can be a
very effective tool in helping reduce injuries at work.

Health and safety inspectors focus on incidents where there is a significant
risk of injury from a slip or trip. A safety representative, using the same
approach, can decide whether there is a significant risk by:

  • looking at the work in progress and discussing other tasks, eg goods receipt
    and dispatch, maintenance, cleaning etc to identify where potential risks
    are/could be present;
  • spotting leaking plant or machinery with fluids accumulating on floors;
  • seeing the build-up of contamination on the floor, with no visible sign of
    containment or clean-up, eg brought in on footwear in wet weather;
  • noticing the use of ad hoc measures to control leaks, such as corrugated
    cardboard being put down or warning signs left in place for extended periods;
  • considering the age and construction of buildings, whether there is evidence
    of leaking roofs, walkways exposed to the elements and potential for water, mud
    etc, to be brought into the workroom on wet clothing, shoes or vehicles;
  • seeing cluttered walkways, build-up of waste materials, general untidiness,
    impeded pedestrian access, trailing cables etc;
  • talking to staff to identify 'difficult jobs' or hearing about incidences of
    falls not leading to injury ('near misses');
  • examining records for evidence of slip and trip problems ­ in sickness
    absence, the accident book, etc.

Control measures

(a) Floor contamination

Work activities and environment controlled; process plant controlled and
maintained to minimise floor contamination such as water, oil, powders, food;
spillages promptly and effectively cleaned up (consider areas other than those
where contamination is inevitable, eg some dye houses, swimming pools).

(b) Suitable floors and footwear

Floors and required footwear give appropriate slip-resistance for the
conditions; drainage, anti-slip surface, mats and grids are used as necessary
(eg in areas prone to contamination).

(c) Prevention of trips

Floors even, free from holes; gangways well-marked; access routes kept free
from trip hazards, eg trailing cables, tools; stairs well-constructed and
fitted with handrails.

Further info


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health & Safety Executive