Clampdown on slips and trips risk says Aviva21 April 2011

Managers must foster a culture of reporting spillages says Aviva

Insurance firm Aviva has urged manufacturers to clampdown on the risk of slips and trips in the workplace.

Phil Grace, liability risk manager at Aviva, said: "Last year, 25 workers were killed and more than 4,000 seriously injured in the manufacturing sector in the UK, with a slip or trip the cause of 21% of these incidents."

Slips or trips accounted for one in eight of all loss claims over £125,000 registered with Aviva in 2010.

The insurance firm urged manufacturers to counter the risk with proper health and safety procedures.

Grace said: "Employees should be trained to look out for potential problems such as exposed cables across walkways, and managers should foster a culture in which spillages, leaks and incidents are recorded.

He added: "Business owners should also conduct thorough risk assessments to identify slip and trip hazards, considering if there are suitable controls in place, such as a proper systems for cleaning floors and, if necessary, laying more slip resistant floors with higher surface roughness."

The advice forms part of Aviva's Simply Safety campaign.

Max Gosney

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