Clutter, uneven floor surfaces and poor lighting can put people at risk of slip, trip or fall injuries.
When someone falls as a result of a slip or trip, the injury can range from minor (bruises and scrapes) to more serious, including broken bones or head trauma. The severity of the injury will depend on the circumstances.
Examples of how injuries can be caused include:
First you must always eliminate the risk where you’re reasonably able to. Where you’re not reasonably able to, then you need to consider what you can do to minimise the risk. Here are some examples:
You need to select the most effective controls that are proportionate to the risk, and appropriate to your work situation.
Get your workers involved
If you are a:
then you have a responsibility, so far as is reasonably practicable, for ensuring the health and safety of everyone affected by work on your property. This includes work that you organise or are responsible for. People who could be affected by work on your property include tenants, contractors engaged by you, or members of the public visiting your property.
Your primary obligation is to ensure that all work carried out on the property is conducted safely and that all foreseeable risks are minimised. This includes taking responsibility to ensure that the people you engage to do any work on the property are competent and appropriately qualified to do that work. The tradesperson or business you engage is responsible for ensuring that their work does not cause harm to themselves or anyone else on the property.
This responsibility does not include the work activities of your tenants. If they are a business, they have their own responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their workers and any others affected by their work.More information