The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW Act) requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks. Slips, trips, and falls are the single biggest cause of accidents in the workplace and can result in huge claims for damages.
According to the HSE, the most common forms of serious injury, to both employees and members of the public, are slips, trips, and falls. Unfortunately, if you run a business you can be in the direct firing line of one of the many solicitors in this country who are only too happy to be approached by someone who has been so injured and take up their case on a “no win, no fee” basis, knowing full well that they almost always win. They usually charge 25% of all damages won.
Floors come in a myriad of different choices, but tile is always popular. Unlike hardwood flooring, tile floors are durable, easy to install, are waterproof, and there is an almost endless choice of patterns and designs. Most importantly, they do not need anywhere near as much maintenance as carpet does. However, like all floors, they do need regular cleaning in order to keep them looking their best.
If you operate any sort of business, the law requires that you do certain things. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and, where necessary, take action to address them. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.
Slips and falls are the major cause of serious accidents in the workplace, and they can result in claims for damages that run into the hundreds of thousands. Sometimes they only cause some minor bruising, but they can cause spinal injuries, broken legs and arms, and can on occasion be fatal.
4Earth Solutions is a specialist in floor safety. Many businesses are unaware that the major cause of accidents in the workplace is slips, trips, and falls, and many of these are the result of a floor surface which, while it may be regularly cleaned, is actually dangerous.
The very best way to keep your tile floors clean is to avoid getting them dirty in the first place. That may sound trite, but nonetheless if you can avoid getting them dirty - especially the grout – your cleaning routine should not take very long. How do you avoid getting them dirty? Simple. Place mats at the entrance and take your shoes off when you come in. This avoids tracking dirt in from outside and your tile floors will not get so dirty.
One of the biggest problems that any business faces in the UK in the 21st century is the whole raft of legislation with which it has to comply. It is almost never ending, and it sometimes seems that a business owner has to spend more time on compliance than on actually running the business.
Floors that are in a dangerous condition can cause slips, trips, and falls, and they are the second most common form of accident causing injuries in the UK, according to the HSE. Of course, in today's atmosphere of suing for damages in the courts at every opportunity, and with almost every solicitor working on a no win - no fee basis, your chances of escaping lightly if someone is injured because of the condition of your floor is almost impossible.
Slips and falls are the most common cause of accidents at work and of injuries to the public. They are responsible for over a third of all major injuries caused and over 40% of all injuries to the public that are reported. Statistics from the HSE show that most accidents are slips cause by floors that are contaminated in some way, with water, grease, food spills, and so on.