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Nurses warned about dangers of slips and trips at work

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a campaign to raise awareness among nurses and other workers about the risk of slips, trips and falls.

The HSE said the awareness campaign was prompted by a total of 61 people died and more than 14,000 suffered serious injury as a result of a slip, trip or fall from height in British workplaces last year.

Marcia Davies, HSE head of the injury reduction programme, said: ‘People often view slips, trips and falls as trivial incidents, even comical but they are no joke to those who suffer major injuries, a lifetime of disability, time off work and in the worst cases death.

‘We want to raise awareness of how these incidents can happen and how they can be easily avoided by taking common sense actions and precautions at no or little cost. If you spot a hazard in your workplace deal with it, don’t assume that somebody else will,’ she said.

The campaign is targeted at seven sectors where there is a prevalence of such injuries: health care, food retail, catering and hospitality, food and drink manufacturing, building and plant maintenance, construction and education.

An interactive learning package that provides practical guidance to help users tackle slips, trips and falls in their workplace has been launched to support the campaign.

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