The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 place duties on employers to ensure that the workplace is safe and maintained in good order. Slips and trips are a key safety area covered in the HSE HSG76 Guide to Warehousing and Storage, and whilst the subject may not be as dramatic as a forklift truck collision, the statistics indicate that workers who slip or trip are sustaining serious injuries. Around a quarter of major injuries (broken bones, injuries requiring hospitalisation for more than 24 hours etc) in the warehousing industry are caused by workers slipping or tripping.
If your company has a warehousing facility you have a duty of care to put safety measures in place to prevent slips and trips, these fall into three main areas:
Organise your facility with safety in mind so it is fit for purpose and well-maintained.
A clean, tidy warehouse is a safer warehouse. Keep it clutter free and prioritise cleaning up spills before anything else.