(Toolbox Talk) Slips, Trips and Falls

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Slips trips and falls


The aim of this toolbox talk is to increase staff awareness of the how to avoid slips, trips and falls at work.

The use of regular toolbox talks, if done effectively, will significantly improve the safety culture within your organisation. This will increase the safety awareness of the workers, and as a result reduce the likelihood of accidents and unsafe occurrences.

Legislation references

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Main causes

  • Damaged floor or faulty floor surface
  • Inappropriate floor surface
  • Inappropriate footwear
  • Snow and ice
  • Spillages

Main consequences

  • Falls on level
  • Falls from height
  • Direct injury due to fall
  • Consequential injury due to activity

Management of risks

  • Risk assessment
  • Workplace design
  • Safe systems of work
  • Procedures
  • Consultation
  • Reporting

Employee actions

  • Wear appropriate footwear
  • Use handrails where provided

See it sort it

  • Report damage to the floor surfaces
  • Clear up spillage as soon as they occur
  • Clear waste regularly
  • Clear trip hazards as you identify them