The association between floor surface charactistics, and the risk of slipping in the hospitality industry - A Critical Review
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Slips still remain one of the major causes of occupational injury in the U.K. According to the Labour Force Survey (non-fatal injuries) and RIDDOR (fatal injuries), annual average estimate 2013/14-2015/16 every year a significant number of workers are injured whilst in work, latest estimates between 2013/14 and 2015/16 show that annually 622,000 workers were injured in a workplace accident of which slips and trips are an element (HSE 2016). Accidents from slipping are a serious safety issue in the hospitality and catering industry with over 25% of food and drink injuries reported to the HSE representing approximately 1300 injuries per year of which 80% are slips 20% trips (HSE (c)), as well as a contributory factor that causes other occupational injuries (Courtney et al 2001) that is quite often caused by wear and tear and contamination to the floor surface (Leamon 1992; Chang et al 2003). This coupled with eligibility for compensation in a society that promotes “where there is blame there is a claim” (Snodgrass et al, 2007) causes significant impact upon the employer through sickness pay, absence from work as well as an increased burden upon the National Health Service. Despite the U.K’s progress in recent years in understanding slips there still appears to be insufficient research on the association between floor surface characteristics and the risk of slipping. Aims and Objectives of the review. There have been relatively few studies conducted in the U.K that systematically examine association between floor surface characteristics, and occupational slips The focus of this research paper is to critique the available literature that is in the public domain as well as highlight any potential gaps that may exist in current research, in relation to slips in the hospitality industry. The scope of this paper will be limited to occupational slips as they present different causal effects and research approaches compared to slips and trips in the elderly.
BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
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