Wooden decking in the autumn months can become extremely slippery due to wet weather or damp leaves, and we have recently seen a rise in personal injury claims resulting from slips on decking in schools.
Slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries at work. Legal actions following an injury can be extremely costly, yet effective health and safety solutions are often simple and inexpensive.
Schools are advised to consider extra precautions as follows:
- Clean leaves, litter, mud, debris and excess water from the decking surfaces
- Use anti-slip or high visibility tread, this can be applied directly onto the decking surface
- Display signs warning of risk of slipping when appropriate
- Provide handrails and maintain them in good condition
- Apply yellow hazard tape or paint for easier identification of the decked area boundary
- Install good quality entrance matting
- Coat the decking with non-slip paint
- Provide suitable lighting
- Ensure a risk assessment has been carried out to help identify any associated hazards
- Advise members of staff and students to wear sensible footwear
- Use power washers to remove algae and other debris which contribute to slippery conditions
All incidents must be reported in conjunction with the schools accident reporting procedure. Photographs are also helpful to assist in an accident investigation, to ensure that preventative and remedial solutions have been considered and implemented.
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