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Slips, trips and falls are the most common reported accident at Deakin. They can result in very serious injuries. Many believe that slips, trips and falls are "just one of those things", essentially unpreventable. The reality is that most slips, trips and falls are preventable through good design, appropriate maintenance, housekeeping and cleaning, individual risk management and effective hazard identification and reporting.
The actual causes of the slip, trip or fall can be complex. These causes, more accurately, contributing factors, can include:
In many cases the actual accident is caused by a combination of the above factors.
The best approach for local staff and managers is to incorporate slip, trip and fall prevention into your routine inspections and ensure all staff are encouraged to report "near misses" and hazards. The training and e-learning packages below can be incorporated into your refresher and local training programs to promote awareness and understanding on how slips, trips and falls can be prevented.
Training and e-Learning Packages
The STEP Tool is an eLearning package developed by the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive, providing slips and trips guidance through interactive learning. It is an easy way to learn about slips and trips, how they are caused, why preventing them is important and how to tackle them. This is supported by various resources including training packages.