Slips, trips and falls

What you need to know

Slips, trips and falls are one of the most commonly reported workplace injury.

Here's an example:

Case study: a typical slipping accident in a woodworking factory

What you need to do

To reduce the risk of falls, workers need to take care while storing and retrieving materials stored at height as well as during maintenance work.

You can reduce slipping and tripping hazards by encouraging workers to keep  gangways and work areas tidy and clear up offcuts and wood dust regularly basis. This can also reduce fire risks.

work area with piles of wood offcuts all around
Example of poor storage and waste management

Find out more

You can find more detailed guidance about preventing slips, trips and falls from height in HSE's websites Falls from height and Slips and trips.

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Updated 2021-07-06