Weather Safeguards for Ice, Snow Slips and Falls

Ice is mentioned in over 90% of ice (/snow) slips, trips and falls. Ice can be hard to see and is more dangerous than snow

6am to 11am can be particularly hazardous

December and January are high risk

In both January 2010 and December 2010 there were over 130 slips on ice at work each month, in addition to all other slips, trips and falls

Ice Slips 2010

  • Monitor and act on Met Éireann "snow/ice" or "low temperature" weather warnings, for example, School Transport will be cancelled in Red warning areas
  • Communicate weather forecasts, weather warnings and necessary precautions to staff as necessary
  • Dynamic risk assessment for ice (and snow) may be required
  • Exercise particular caution from 6am to 11am
  • Provide proper training and equipment
  • Advise pedestrians how to notify hazards to management

Grit Salt Store

The governments Winter-Ready website provides a lot of useful information

This ice/ snow training video (3 minutes) suggests 9 “defences” for ice/ snow


risk assessment approach to Ice and Snow slips (trips and falls) can include the following steps

  1. Weather
  2. Activities
  3. Locations
  4. Communication
  5. Sample Dynamic Risk Assessment

See Ice, Snow Further Information