According to a Recent Study by the HSE, estimates show that approximately 600,000 workers sustain an injury at work and over 1.2 million workers suffer a work-related illness that they believe to be work-related. These illnesses and injuries are not shared equally across industry however, and surprisingly education ranks quite high on the list of incidents/illnesses by industry as can be seen on the chart below:
Average annual estimated rate of self-reported work-related illness and non-fatal injury by industry (average of latest 3 years)
A large number of these incidents in the education industry are caused by Slips and Trips. Slips and trips occur across all education premises – whether a small local primary school, a busy secondary school, a multi-site further education college, or the campus of a higher education institution. They provide a wide variety of facilities including educational, leisure and residential, open to employees, pupils/ students and members of public at varying times of the day. Sites can be busy with large numbers of people moving around at the same time – often rushing.
Slip and trip accidents in education premises happen for a number of reasons. They typically involve:
- Members of staff or pupils/students running or carrying heavy or awkward items,
- Wearing unsuitable footwear,
- Poor lighting - particularly where there are uneven surfaces and changes of level
- Contamination – both from wet surfaces – caused by water, and fluid spillages; and slippery surfaces - caused by contaminants eg. food, litter etc.
- Obstructions – particularly bags and trailing cables
Ensuring your employees have the most up to date information regarding incident reporting and providing them with user friendly tools to do this can be difficult. Effective Software provides you with a comprehensive, easy to use management system and allows you the flexibility to customise the details to your organisations requirements
To find out more information as to how Effective Software and our incident reporting software module can help the education sector with your Incident Management or streamline any of your organisations health and safety processes why not Request A Demo from one of our super friendly product specialists.