You want to feel safe and secure when you head to work each day. However, it isn’t always the case when there are slippery floors that you encounter.

You may be curious to learn more about the most common injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls in the workplace so you can try to avoid this situation yourself. You never know where the dangers may be lurking such as in the coffee room or near the elevator so always keep your eyes peeled and be aware of your surroundings.

The statistics reflect that over 30% of all non-fatal major injuries in UK workplaces are caused by a slip, trip, or fall on the same level. The cause is oftentimes negligence in addition to unsafe equipment and poor direction.

 

Fractures & Dislocated Joints

One common injury caused by slips, trips, and falls in the workplace are fractures and dislocated joints. Often these are to the ankle and wrist but in some cases, they are also to the fingers. A shoulder dislocation injury is also high up on the list from slipping or falling at work. These types of injuries can be painful and take some time to heal.

 

Knee Injury & Sprains

Another one of the most common injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls in the workplace are knee injuries and sprains. A sprain to the knee or other areas can be uncomfortable to deal with and also take quite a while to recover from.

 

Superficial Cuts & Bruises

You should also be aware that many workers experience a superficial cut or bruise from falling or slipping at work. It all depends on how deep or bad the cut or bruise is regarding if it’s necessary to take days off work or seek medical attention. These types of injuries can be both sore and not pleasant to view.

 

Lacerations & Open Wounds

An employee might also have lacerations and open wounds due to a slip, trip, or fall at work. These will need to be treated right away to ensure the area doesn’t become infected. They may make it difficult to function and work depending on how bad or deep they are.

 

Burns & Scalds

Some of the other most common injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls in the workplace are burns and scalds. These types of injuries can be very frightening to deal with and the proper care is required for them to be treated and to heal properly. It will also likely be a very painful experience if you get burned at work.

 

To summarise

Slip, trip, and fall injuries cost the UK approaching 1 billion pounds per year. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in terms of non-fatal injuries, roughly 30,000 people per year sustain what the HSE refers to as an “over 3-day injury” or injuries lasting longer than 3 days. It’s a very common occurrence and a situation that must be addressed. Employees are continuing to get hurt and injured at work and sometimes need to seek medical attention or take an absence from work for this reason.

 

How to reduce the risk in your business?

If you’d like to get an idea of how safe your buildings are from slips, trips and falls, use our Slip Safety Scorecard – a digital self-assessment