How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents at Work
Employees have the right to work in a safe environment, and employers are legally obliged to provide it. But sadly, slip and fall accidents are among the leading causes of injury and death in the workplace. Preventing such hazards should be a priority in every business, no matter the industry. To maintain a safe space, here are some of the steps that every employer must take to minimize the risk of slip and fall injuries in the workplace.
The Most Common hazards
The most common hazards that create slippery and dangerous surfaces include:
- Oil or grease on the floor
- Snow and ice
- Mats that aren’t secured
- Insufficient lighting
- Lack of guardrails
- Unsuitable footwear
- Equipment that isn’t maintained
How to Prevent Slip and Falls
Practicing Good Routine Maintenance
Regular and routine maintenance must be followed to increase the safety of employees. Businesses that practise this routinely and keep a clean, organized environment are far less likely to have hazardous conditions that could place staff at risk. Simple steps like identifying what needs to be done, assigning tasks to personnel to perform the necessary maintenance, and establishing a program to keep it ongoing are essential for reducing unsafe workplaces.
Minimize the Risk of Slippery Surfaces
Whether it’s a minor spill or a major leak, there should be swift, concise protocols in place to address and clean up any spills right away. Appropriate signage should also be used to notify employees of a hazardous, slippery area. When placing down mats, they should be secured to the floor using tape or anti-skid padding to prevent them from shifting around. For exterior surfaces, all pathways and stairs should be in good condition and cleared from snow and ice.
Remove Any Items in Walkways or Aisles
Any high traffic areas should be kept clear without any obstacles that could create a tripping hazard. Employers must have policies that stipulate this with designated timeframes to outline when certain areas are cleaned and cleared.
Wear Suitable Footwear
Shoes can have a big impact on safety at work, which is why they are an essential part of PPE. They should be appropriate for the specific line of work, tied up without laces dangling, and have practical soles that can provide good traction.
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