A recent query on slip and trips answered by the British Safety Council’s member Information Service.

One of our employees tripped on a staircase and we want to investigate the cause and prevent a reoccurrence. What steps should we be taking?

Falls on stairs are usually caused by a combination of factors, including the stair design, its maintenance, the wider environment and the person’s physical characteristics and behaviour.

Employers should look carefully at these issues both when investigating slips and falls on stairways and taking steps to prevent them from happening.

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