Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common causes of injuries at work. They can result in both minor and major injuries and can even be fatal, especially where falls from height are involved.

Slips, trips and falls are common in schools of all sizes where a combination of large numbers of staff and children moving around a site in between lessons is a significant risk factor.

The danger with slip, trip and fall accidents is that they are so commonplace that people begin to believe that they are inevitable, and can only be accepted — not controlled. However, this topic shows that a rigorous risk management programme, focusing on factors related to the individual, the activity or task being performed and the workplace environment, can dramatically reduce both the likelihood of such accidents taking place and the severity of those that do occur.

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