Hospitality - Hotel, Restaurant and Kitchen
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips and trips are the most common cause of major accidents at work. The costs to industry are substantial at £512 million per year, not counting the incalculable human cost and suffering to those injured.
In 1999, over one million people suffered a slip, trip or falling injury, and over 17,000 Americans died as a result. Of the estimated 3.8 million disabling injuries each year in the work force, 15 percent are due to slips, trips, or falls, which account for 12 to 15 percent of all Workers' Compensation costs. About 5,100 workers died from a fall in 1999.
Slips and trips are the most common cause of non-fatal major injuries in both the manufacturing and service sectors and account for over half of all reported injuries to members of the public.
Statistics show that the majority (60 percent) of falls happen on the same level resulting from slips and trips. The remaining 40 percent are falls from a height. This document will summarize information on "falls on the same level" (slips and trips).