New guidance on slip and trip regulations launched

The HSE report that slip and trips make up more than half of all reported major injuries, despite the fact the number of accidents have decreased in the past decade.

In a recent case, a local council has been prosecuted and ordered to pay £7,040 in fines and costs following a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The council failed to take simple measures to warn and protect staff and residents from falling into an open hole which was unmanned as workmen took a break. An elderly resident was injured following her fall into the hole.

The HSE have launched a new and improved webpage providing detailed information and guidance on slip and trip Regulations in attempts to reduce the number of incidents.

Please visit the HSE website to review the new guidance.

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