Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Slipping and Tripping in the Workplace

Whether it's slipping on spilled tea or tripping over an errant cable, we can all probably remember a time we've taken a tumble while at work. Most of the time we'll walk away with nothing worse than a bruised ego or dented pride, but some employees aren’t so lucky. Accident at work claims are frequently prompted by a slip or trip that has led to a much more severe injury or long-term medical complaint.

One of the more surprising statistics about slips or trips in the workplace is that more women suffer an injury this way than men. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently released data showing that in 2011-12, 4,495 women in the UK were injured as a result of slipping or tripping in the workplace, compared with 4,434 men.
Let's take a closer look at some of the other statistics associated with slips and trips in the workplace, based on 2011/12 HSE data:

1. The health and social care sector recorded the most number of major injuries suffered as a result of a slip or trip, at 1,377. This highlights the dangers of working in a hospital in particular, where shiny floors, liquid spillages and the frequent necessity to work at speed can prove a dangerous combination.

2. The health sector also accounted for over 3,000 lesser injuries suffered by slipping or tripping, but the transportation and storage sector was responsible for the highest total overall, reflective of the manual nature of the work commonly found in this sector.   

3. Perhaps understandably, most slips and trips reported in the workplace happened in autumn and winter, with 54% of major injuries split between these two seasons. The most likely explanation is slippery ground as a result of snow, ice or rain.

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My husband fell over a phone cord and broke his elbow in the workplace once. Not a fun experience!

Felix Lee said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have been known to be clumsy sometimes. Luckily, I haven't suffered any major injuries. Thanks for this information, Crystal.

Terri said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, yes! Slips, trips and, apparently, flying bottles! Important reminder to take special care, particularly at this time of year when everyone is so busy, even at work!

jill24295 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I work as both a massage therapist and an EMT (yep, two very different ends of healthcare!) and I see a lot of this in both of my careers. The best advice I can give people from a more protective standpoint is to stay flexible. Sounds funny, but as we get older we lose flexibility and the fall rate increases dramatically because we can't regain our balance fast enough when we do trip. Something to think about... BTW - yoga is great for that and most everyone can do yoga on some level no matter what their health.

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