Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of major injuries at work. Slips and trips are a major contributing factor in other workplace accidents such as falls from height. 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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