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Slips, trips and falls – Accidents At Work In The Food Industry

The food industry is recognised as being one of the most hazardous industries in the UK involving accidents at work due to the number of slips, trips and falls in the workplace.  Accident at work claims each year involving a slip, trip or fall are common place causing a financial burden on society and business alike. As one of the largest business areas, the industry is labour intensive involving food producers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, and caterers

Accidents at work resulting in injuries in the food industry can happen to anyone but workers are more likely to suffer an accident at work due to a slip, trip or fall if employed in the food industry. Approximately 38% of a accidents at work involve a slip or trip. Slipping accidents are more frequent than tripping accidents at work.

The food industry involves approximately twice the number of accidents involving slips, trips and fall.


The Law in The Food Industry

Accidents at work in the food industry are covered by numerous worker protection laws to place duties on employers to help reduce and eliminate the number of slips, trips and trips in the work place.   Slips, trips and falls in the food industry are significantly higher than in other industries. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 requires that employers must identify and eliminate hazards, provide protective and preventative measures for accidents at work and complete adequate risk assessments.

The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 requires that floor surfaces in food preparation areas must kept clean and maintained in a good state of repair.

Common Accidents at Work in Food Preparation

As specialist accident at work claim solicitors we have set out below some common work accident examples:

Slipping accidents at work occur most commonly in the food industry due to unsuitable grips on shoes, non-slip floor surfaces and contamination of the floor caused by water, fluids, greasy or even dry ingredients on the floor. Hazardous areas causing many accidents at work in the food industry are cool rooms/freezers, washing, cooking areas and doors leading to and from the kitchen where the floor surface texture changes.

Many common tripping accidents at work occur due to obstructions on food preparation floor areas for e.g. storage boxes, holes or cracks in the floor and trailing wires from electrical appliances.

Accidents at work involving falls can occur as a result of slips and trips leading to injury such as bruises, involving cuts and bruises to broken bones and neck, head and back injuries.


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