The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has come up with a new strategy to curb the increasing number of workplace-related accidents in Britain arising from ‘slips, trips and falls’.
HSE’s latest move comes after it was revealed that 40 workers had died in 2009 due to ‘slip, trip and fall’ accidents in the workplace. The same type of mishaps also left more than 15,000 workers with grievous injuries, and led to nearly 30,000 workers taking more than three days of leave from work.
According to HSE figures, slips and trips are the most common causes for workers getting injured, and falls from a height kill more workers than any other workplace-related accident. These accidents not only cost the British economy a whopping £800 million a year, but also cause serious injuries and loss of life.
To counter these problems, HSE has launched a new initiative under its Shattered Lives campaign, with the objective of reducing the number of accidents arising from slips, trips and falls. This is to be done by increasing awareness among employers and workers of the hazards involved in slips, trips and falls.
The drive targets workers across all industries, and particularity people in sectors such as food retail, health and social care, food manufacturing, catering and hospitality, building and plant maintenance, education, and construction.
A new website has also been unveiled to inform and educate workers on how they can reduce the risks of tripping, falling or slipping at their respective places of work. They are also given handy tips on topics like using a ladder carefully to prevent falls from heights. The site also contains an online tool (STEP) and a work at height access equipment toolkit (WAIT).