Slips, Trips & Falls

Slips, trips and falls accounted for almost 20% of all notified accidents in Ireland in 2011. Slips, trips and falls may cause a number of significant injuries to employers and other persons within a workplace.

The following sections cover a number of key areas regarding the prevention and control of risks associated with slips, trips and falls.


The control of the risks from slips, trips and falls are covered by the following:

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

It is also covered by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 under a number of headings:

Employer Responsibilities

As an employer you are required to:

  • Identify all slip, trip and fall hazards and assess the risks to your employees and other persons
  • Put controls and preventative measures in place
  • Provide and maintain safe entry and exit points to and from your workplace
  • Provide information and training regarding the risks from slips, trips and falls
  • Provide employees with the appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g. slip resistant footwear) where necessary

Employee Responsibilities

Employees also have duties, you need to:

  • Co-operate with your employers health and safety rules and procedures
  • Use the control measures your employer have provided to eliminate or reduce your risk of harm from slips, trips and falls
  • Ensure you are not under the influence of any intoxicant which may cause danger to yourself or others
  • Report any defects with your safety footwear (if used)
  • Report any uneven, damaged or worn floor surfaces which may cause harm
  • Report any accidents or incidents to your employer immediately

Do not engage in any unsafe behaviour the may put yourself or others at risk!

Page updated: 12/05/2015

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