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