How Did The Accident Occur?

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1. How did the accident occur?
‘I was walking through from the storage area to the front of the shop. I just tripped over the edge of the carpet. I just wasn’t looking where I was going. I am really clumsy sometimes’.
2. Where did it occur?
‘Just here.’ The IP showed me the area and I took a photo.
3. Were there any witnesses?
‘Nope, just me. Tom was in the back and the shop was empty’.
4. Has this occurred before?
‘Not to me and nothing since I started here 4 months ago’.
5. Have you received any training on the awareness of slips, trips and falls i.e. risk assessment training?
‘I was given a walk around of the building on my induction, but I’ll be honest nothing specific to slips, trips and falls’.
6. Did you go to
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These regulations apply to all work activities. The main requirement is the need for an employer to carry out a risk assessment and record the significant findings of the assessment when they employ five or more employees. The risk assessment should highlight the nature and level of risk along with appropriate precautions necessary to reduce the risks so far as reasonably practicable.

As discussed above, the employer had carried out a relevant risk assessment for the business type and size, although some additional improvements were needed.

However, the risk assessment control measure ‘keep work routes and customer areas uncluttered’ did not appear to be in place at the time of the accident occurring.

• The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Section 2, subsection 1 states that:

‘It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees’.

Section 3, subsection 1 states that:

‘It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or
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