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Warehouse slips and trips hazards revealed

14 November 2022

OVER A quarter (26%) of warehouse workers have been impacted by slips, trips and falls in the past year, according to new research from Watco.

The survey of 250 facilities management professionals also revealed that almost half (42%) felt that wet and slippery surfaces, damaged floors and a lack of general maintenance pose the largest risk to the health and safety of employees at their site. 

Sometimes a slip or trip can be relatively minor, but occasionally they can cause serious accidents and lead to costly claims. In fact, from 2017/18–2019/20, an estimated 971,000 working days were lost due to slip, trip and fall injuries in the UK, according to Health and Safety Executive statistics. 

As winter approaches and it becomes prime time for slips, trips and falls, Scott Saunders, technical service manager at Watco shares his insights on how to prevent such hazards: “Whether you are in your workplace or at home, when the weather changes and suddenly snow, ice and rain gets traipsed around from outside, hazards become more common. But there are multiple ways businesses can ensure they are protecting employees.”

“To start with, it may seem obvious, but good housekeeping, like ensuring puddles are cleared up as soon as they are spotted or regularly dust mopping, is vital. For hazards which are a bit more difficult to clean – or even see - such as oil and grease spills from heavy-duty machinery, a degreaser is the perfect solution.

“Naturally, during the winter, rain, sleet and snow will end up in areas of your warehouse if you have movement into and out of the building or roller shutter doors in use. Using anti-slip solutions, such as Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) sheets, will provide added grip and an extra layer of protection to stop people falling when spills happen. GRP sheets come with the added benefit that when they are being applied, the area is out of action for minimal time because you don’t have to wait for it to dry.”

In addition, the survey found that over a third (34%) of facilities management professionals go over budget on urgent repair work to remove hazards and two thirds (64%) of facilities managers say a lack of general maintenance often, or occasionally, poses a safety risk within their business.

For more information on prevent slips this winter, download Watco’s free eBook here: https://www.watco.co.uk/help-advice/watco-ebooks/guide-for-safety-underfoot-ebook-part1