The Health & Safety Authority (HSA) reports that manual handling, slips/trips, and falls have topped the list of workplace accidents since 2016. You’ve likely slipped at some point at work and thought nothing of it if you didn’t sustain an injury, however the outcome can be much worse if you’re not lucky. Slips are usually caused by unattended spillages on the floor and trips are frequently a result of poor housekeeping leading to disarray, e.g. that box you tripped over that was meant to be put away. These instances can be minor if you fall on level ground, however if the accident occurs from a height such as a roof or stairs, it can cause significant injury and even death.
The HSA report noted a total of 107 non-fatal accidents and an unfortunate 53 fatalities in 2020. Whilst this figure is dropping, the goal is to continue to reduce it even further with appropriate policies in place.
Slips and falls can happen at any time and can also be caused by: