Stairs

Stairs

Health, Safety & Environmental BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 572
15 June 2017

Accidents on Stairs

Please see enclosed bulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. regarding accidents on stairs, from BWF (British Woodworking Federation).

On average around 1,000 major accidents occur on workplace stairs every year.

People are more at risk if they are rushed or distracted, e.g. on a mobile phone.

Carrying objects can also contribute to accidents as it can:
• prevent people from seeing the stair edges clearly, or any potential hazards on the stairs, e.g. spills, obstacles;
• prevent people from having a hand available, to reach out for the handrail if there was a need to steady themselves.

Before using stairs, carry out a LMRA – check the condition of the stairs, are they in good repair, are there obstacles, spills or slip/trip hazards? Continue to carry out the LMRA as the climb/descsnd the stairs, there may be spills/obstacles that were not visible from your initial vantage point.

Do not run or jump up/down stars, and always hold the handrail.

If you find any faults with the stairs (e.g. loose rails, damaged treads), report the problem to the site manager and complete a PI form.

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