Slips, trips and falls account for a large percentage of workplace accidents. As an employer, it is your responsibility to make certain all of your employees are following proper safety procedures and guidelines set in place by your company to ensure their safety.
Thankfully, there are various actions you and your workers can take to help alleviate workplace injuries caused by slip, trip and fall hazards.
TIPS TO AVOID SLIP, TRIP AND FALL HAZARDS
To make sure all of your employees are working in a safe environment—the following 10 tips can help you and your workers minimize slip, trip and fall hazards at your company:
- Maintain good housekeeping practices. A clean facility is your first line of defense against slips, trips and falls.
- Require employees to wear the appropriate footwear required for specific job duties (e.g. nonslip, closed toe or water-resistant).
- Encourage employees to stay alert while on the job by eliminating any distractions that could cause them to lose focus and overlook a potential hazard.
- Place wet floor signs by all spills or wet surfaces to alert workers of a slipping hazard.
- Ensure spills are cleaned up immediately after they occur—try instating a cleanup procedure that explains the proper protocol for quickly and effectively cleaning a spill.
- Verify that all areas being utilized by employees are well-lit and that lightbulbs are being replaced regularly.
- Keep all high-traffic areas free of any objects, spills or debris in order to provide a safe walkway for all employees.
- Perform regular maintenance on all flooring, safety rails and stairs to avoid any instability that may lead to an injury.
- Assign workers cleanup responsibilities to help minimize various hazards that can accumulate throughout the day.
- Conduct regular inspections of your workplace to identify and resolve any slip, trip and fall hazards.
Discuss these tips with your employees to help reduce injuries caused by slips, trips and falls.