Why do people slip?

Chef slipping on spill in kitchen

You are unlikely to slip on a clean dry floor. Water, body fluids, cooking oil, dust, talc etc can all make a floor more slippery. Possible sources are:

  • Spills from containers, bags, tables, food and drinks trolleys etc.
  • Leaks from equipment, appliances, pipes, roofs etc.
  • Wet mopping of shiny floors.
  • Rubbish on floors.
  • Patients due to treatment and procedures.
  • Entrances during bad weather.
Case study: Care assistant slips on wet freshly cleaned stairs
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