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North East firms get slip and trip advicePosted on 09/12/2014

A recent event hosted by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has provided demonstrations and talks to companies in North East England.

Put on by Tyne and Wear IOSH, the event gave essential advice on how slips, trips or falls (STFs) can be avoided in work.

With experts providing lectures and practical explanations, there were 60 people in attendance from firms across the region.

They heard tips from Health and Safety Laboratory’s Mark Liddle, in addition to health and safety professionals at major companies.

Held last month, Joe Elliot from the Tyne and Wear IOSH commented:

“While slips, trips and falls are often considered a very basic topic, the delegates were left in no doubt about the substantial benefits, in terms of reduced accidents and absence, reduced claims and reduced insurance premiums, which successful management can produce.”

During the event, the gathered audience heard that according to the Health and Safety Executive, STFs cost British business around £800m a year.

This makes it the biggest single area for civil claims. Worsening the fact is that many basic steps in regards to education and adequate workwear are able to minimise incidents.

This was one of the focus points for Liddle's presentation. In addition to discussing how the most appropriate slip-resistant footwear can be selected, he also discussed the importance of using the correct flooring and maintaining it well.

Other discussions on the day urged businesses to exceed their regulated obligations for safety in the workplace, and maintain a robust incident reporting process.

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