Accidents at work involving trips, slips and falls (TSFs) happen very frequently and the resulting costs are high, both for employers and employees. In certain types of small and medium-sized firms (SMEs), such as those in the meat processing industry, trips, slips and falls account for more accident compensation payments than other accidents.
In the German industry and trade about 225,000 injuries in the workplace per year are caused by trips, slips, and falls and result in absences of over three days (>3-days) from the workplace. These kinds of accidents are usually known as ‘TSF accidents’. TSF accidents are responsible for 19 % of all ‘>3-days’ absences from the workplace and 25 % of all annually new accident compensation payments. The risk of getting seriously injured in a TSF accident is 1.4 times higher than for all other types of accidents.