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Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace

During National Safety Month, a different safety topic will be highlighted each week of June. This week, eliminating slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

The majority of workplace injuries are related to slips, trips and falls. However, many of the accidents that cause these injuries are preventable.

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over eight million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%) additionally, slips trips and falls are the second most common cause of lost work day injuries.

Wet floors, spills and excess clutter can mean disaster for employees, causing many every year to suffer lost pay and serious pain. Injuries caused by slips, trips and falls range from sprained or strained muscles and joints, to broken bones and head injury. There are several precautions you should take to ensure your safety and the safety of your co-workers.

Floors

  • Keep floors clean and dry at all times. Wet floors present a slip hazard and can promote the growth of infection-causing microbes like mold, fungi and bacteria.
  • Remove all objects and clutter from aisles, exits and passageways.
  • In the event that grease or oil spills on the kitchen floor, clean the mess immediately and alert your co-workers of the problem.
  • Use floor or ceiling electrical plugs for power to avoid running a cord down a long hallway.
  • Display warning signs to alert others of a wet floor.
  • Use floor mats while surfaces are drying after cleaning to provide traction.
  • In areas prone to slipping (toilet and shower areas), use a no-skid wax product to clean.
  • While washing the floor, wear protective footgear to prevent falling.
  • Keep an eye out for uneven floors and fix them or notify someone who can immediately.

Other Recommendations

  • Use strong ladders to reach as opposed to standing on small stools or boxes.
  • Stretch out bulging carpets to prevent trips and falls.
  • Use handrails while walking downstairs to prevent slipping when walking too fast.
  • Repair broken light fixtures and replace bulbs for adequate visibility.

Always Stay Alert

Adopt a see it, sort it mentality. If you notice any situation that you think could present a slipping, tripping or falling hazard for you or a co-worker, act immediately to remedy it or notify your supervisor. You could be saving an unsuspecting victim lost pay and serious pain.

For more injury prevention tips, contact INSURICA today.

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