Weather Safeguards for Ice (/Snow) Slips and Falls

Ice is mentioned in over 90% of ice (/snow) slips, trips and falls.  Did you know “the science behind exactly why ice is so slippery remains something of a mystery”? 

From 6am to 11am can be particularly hazardous

In both January 2010 and December 2010 there were over 130 slips at work on ice alone 

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

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risk assessment approach to Ice and Snow slips (trips and falls) should consider

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

See Ice, Snow Further Information