Slip and trip accident prevention campaign in Newcastle licensed premises

Newcastle City Council's Health and Safety Service continues to be involved with a campaign aimed at licensed premises within the city.

The campaign follows a number of serious incidents attributed to slips, trips and falls causing serious injuries to members of the public and employees in licensed premises.

Slips and Trips Licensed Premises Campaign

The campaign will involve visits by officers from the Environment and Safety Team to licensed premises providing advice and information to businesses to help them comply with their legal duties in relation to reducing the numbers of incidents/accidents attributed to slips, trips and falls.

Employers have a duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to ensure that their workplace does not expose the public or employees to risks to their health and safety. This includes ensuring that the floor surfaces are suitable and maintained keeping them clean and free from substance likely to cause persons to slip trip or fall so far as it is reasonably practicable.  Stairs, steps, balconies and raised walkways etc should be maintained, guarded where applicable, provided with suitable handrails and adequately lit.

Further information and practical advise on controlling the risks associated with slips and trips in your workplace can be found on this link to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website slip and trip page.

Businesses must have documented risk assessments should they employ 5 or more members of staff. Slips, trips and falls should be considered as a hazard within your premises and measures to control the risk should be implemented. Employees should be advised of the control measures and suitable training provided.

Examples of completed risk assessments for pubs and night clubs can be down loaded on the following links which are also available on the HSE website: -

Pub risk assessment (pdf 122.54 kb)

Night club risk assessment (pdf 166.58 kb)

During visits the following topic areas will also be discussed with the business to ensure compliance with Legislation: -

  • The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Where applicable an asbestos survey should have been carried out to ascertain if asbestos is present in the premises and if so a management plan to control the risks should be implemented. This link takes you to the managing my asbestos page on the HSE website. It contains a step by step guide of what a duty holder needs to do and includes a free check list to help you work through the process;
  • Controlling Noise at Work Regulations 2005. This follows on from visits carried out in 2008 and 2009 to ensure that employees are protected and do not have their hearing put at risk if music is played in your establishment. This link takes you to the work Newcastle City Council undertook on this project and the findings of the surveys that were undertaken;
  • Accident reporting and the recent change in the law in relation to reporting workplace accident and incidents to the Local Authority. Please see this link to the HSE RIDDOR website and how to report an accident to Newcastle City Council.

For more information please contact the Health and Safety service, Public Safety and Regulation, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Room 602 Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. Phone: 0191 2116102. Email:

Page last updated: 
14 May 2018
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