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Doing a risk assessment? Keep your eyes peeled for these four common slip and fall hazards

by , 13 August 2014
Common accidents like slips, trips and falls are responsible for most workplace injuries. That's because employers tend to overlook problems like slippery floors and cluttered floor spaces.

If you're one such employer, your employees may have 'silly' accidents because you haven't dealt with these common workplace hazards.

This can lead to a loss in productivity because all your employees are at home with sprained ankles and broken ribs. That's why you must keep your eyes open for these slip and fall hazards during your risk assessment...


Slips and falls at work can cause serious injuries

When your employee slips and falls, he can hurt himself in a number of ways. He can:
- Sprain his ankle;
- Sprain his wrist;
- Break a bone;
- Crack a rib;
- Have a concussion; 
- Crack open his skull;
- Fracture a vertebra; or
- Suffer internal injuries.
Some of these aren't fatal, but they can result in your employee spending a long time at home recovering. Others could be fatal and it'll all be because you didn't assess these four slip and fall hazards. 
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Take this quick quiz to find out if you can handle the DoL hot seat
Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.
Don't wait until it's too late.

During your next risk assessment, look out for these four slip and fall hazards

1. Slippery tiles or flooring that doesn't have any traction;
2. Floors that are often wet or soapy;
3. Areas that often have a lot of clutter on them; and
4. Uneven flooring which may trip your employees.
Any of these hazards can lead to a nasty fall, which can cause any of the above injuries. This means your employee must go to the doctor, you must do an investigation, report everything to COID and then still fix the problem.
So rather find these hazards during your risk assessment and deal with then A.S.A.P. to avoid any unnecessary hassles.

PS: We strongly recommend you check out the Risk Assessment Guide. It has everything you need to ensure your risk assessments are 100% legally compliant

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