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Slips and falls are the second leading cause of fatalities in the world.
In Australia, slip and fall claims cost an estimated $3 BILLION DOLLARS?
In 2004/2005 the average cost to a business for a slip or fall accident, including direct costs and loss of work, from an employee was $18,900.
And then there is the duty of care.
A business has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for staff, customers and visitors and breaching that care of duty can incur a fine between $55,000 to $825,000. The fines can be severe.
Of course, it makes sense to prevent accidents before they happen.
Dry or wet – all unprotected floors can present an unnecessary hazard! Even if your cleaners use a wet sign after cleaning or mopping floors – a wet sign is not a solution for stopping accidents.
When a person slips or falls it automatically becomes the responsibility of the owner or business manager. It won’t matter whether the victim was clumsy, careless or deliberate.
Penalties for breaches of the OH&S act can be significant. I have a clipping that says the maximum penalties are now $1,075,050 for a body corporate and $215,010 for individuals.
According to Trench Safe, ‘an average of 20% of job site injuries occur from slips, trips and falls, resulting in millions in lost income and productivity.’ And a report by the Monash University (Accident Research Centre) shows that slips, trips and falls in buildings lead to a large and costly health problem, which is expected to grow in coming years due to the ageing of the Australian population. The problem only gets worse with serious injuries to hips and thighs, 90% of which are likely to be a fracture.
Safe Work Australia reports that in 2008-09, there were 133,485 workers’ compensation claims for serious work-related injuries or illness. This equates to an incidence rate of 13.5 serious claims per 1000 employees.
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