Thousands of Australians suffer from slips, trips and falls every year in the workplace with the latest data from Safe Work Australia revealing that 23% of serious claims are due to injuries that fall within this category.
What are the most common reasons for these injuries?
Slips happen when an individual’s foot loses traction on the ground surface. This can be due to slippery ground surfaces such as wet or greasy floors.
Trips occur as a result of a person catching their foot on an object or surface.
And falls often happen as a result of a slip or a trip but can also happen from working at low heights.
As with all workplaces, business owners have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of their employees. This means managing the risks associate with slips and trips by applying the hierarchy of controls.