Slips, trips and falls represent the most common causes of injuries and fatalities for workers within the United Kingdom. In fact, 29 per cent of all individuals that died between the 2013-2014 period fell from a considerable height (1). However, we should not forget that many non-fatal (and yet serious) injuries still occur from a slip or a fall.
Statistics Do Not Lie
The Health and safety executive has compiled a number of useful figures which serve to back up this data (1). To make it absolutely clear why general warning signs are always important, let’s take a look at some key statistics for the 2013-2014 period.
- Slips, trips and falls were responsible for 57 per cent of all injuries that required an employee to remain absent for at least 7 days from work.
- For every 100,000 workers, 190 have slipped, tripped and been injured.
- For this same 100,000, 77 fell and were moderately to severely injured.
When these numbers are combined, the HSE estimates that a massive 1.5 million working days have been lost due to injuries sustained by falling, slipping or tripping while on the job. Thankfully, there are answers to such situations.
Although these statistics serve as a stark reminder of the dangers in the workplace, let’s not forget that many situations can be prevented with the help of general warning signs that will alert employees of a specific risk. The Sign Shed is the online home of UK safety signs and there are a variety of options to choose from; each based upon the specific location and need. So, take a look at our general warning signs page. Let’s strive together to help lower the statistics of falls and slips within the modern workplace.