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”? 

Over half of workplace ice slips and falls occurred from 6am to 11am

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

Met Eireann weather warnings

  • Communicate weather forecasts, weather warnings and necessary precautions
  • 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

risk assessment approach to ice slips and falls should consider

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

See Ice, Snow Further Information