In winter conditions the risk of employees and third parties slipping and falling due to ice and snow rises. For example, an East Midlands Health Trust reported a threefold increase in breaks and sprain injuries treated by their casualty departments in December compared with November. It is mportant to: a) prevent slips and falls, and b) be able to defend any claims that arises from them. Injuries from slips and falls feature prominently in injury statistics and resultant incapacity for several weeks is not uncommon. Indeed, there may be fatal or lifelong consequences.