Don't fall for it: reducing workplace slips, trips and falls

Thursday, 08 April, 2021

Don't fall for it: reducing workplace slips, trips and falls

SafeWork SA has reminded businesses of the importance of preventing falls. Slips, trips and falls are the second most common cause of all workplace injuries, after musculoskeletal disorders. In 2020 there were 357 SafeWork SA interventions regarding falls from heights, with 85% of serious head and neck injuries attributed to a fall of less than three metres. Additionally, two in every three falls resulted in a fracture.

While the construction industry was the leading industry for risk and injuries from falls, the manufacturing, agriculture, transport and recreation services industries also recorded notifiable injuries in the last 12 months. SafeWork SA Executive Director Martyn Campbell said workplaces that require workers to work at height must have strategies in place to reduce the risk of a fall.

“Falls can occur on all kinds of worksites and to people performing all types of tasks. Employers need to have systems in place to prevent them. While falls are common and costly, they are also preventable. Our inspectors will continue to visit residential construction this month to ensure the risks associated with working at heights and working safely are appropriately managed,” said Campbell.

SafeWork SA has also encouraged workplaces to share how they are making April a no-falls month, by posting photos of their safe systems of work on social media with the hashtags #AprilNoFalls and #WHS. The most impressive pictures will be promoted.

Image credit: © Zajda

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