4 Workplace Safety Tips For Preventing Slips, Trips And Falls
Slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of workplace accidents and injuries. According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths in the workplace.
Below, four different safety precautions are listed and explained to help you dramatically decrease the amount of slips, trips and falls in your workplace:
1. Reduce Wetness In Slippery Areas
This is the most obvious of precautions to take in preventing slips, trips and falls. Keep areas as dry as possible, as the chances of slipping and falling are significantly higher if the area is wet. If the area is dry, there's less chance workers are going to slip. If you spill something, don't wait for someone else to clean it up -- it may be too late and somebody could have already fallen by then. Clean up after your spills and, if you see any other spills, make sure to dry the area before you leave it.
When possible, use false floors, platforms, mats or other dry standing places where the floors are wet, or wear proper waterproof footgear. Warning signs of slippery floors also help create more awareness.
2. Keep Hallways And Walkways Clear Of Obstacles
People are not always 100% aware of their surroundings while they're walking around the workplace. They may be on their phone or, for whatever reason, aren't looking at where they are walking.
If there are obstacles or objects in the hallways or walkways where workers are walking, they may not always see them and be more vulnerable to tripping over them and/or falling and incurring an injury (or worse). By always making sure the hallways and walkways in your workplace are clear, you greatly reduce the percentage of workplace falls.
3. Report To Supervisor If Areas Look Unsafe To Walk In
You want to practice good housekeeping techniques for preventing slips, trips and falls. Treat your workplace like it is your home. Always clean up after you spill something and keep all work areas tidy. Don't leave things in the hallways where people may easily trip over them and fall.
However, if you see an area that looks unsafe and like people could slip, trip and fall easily, report it to your supervisor -- it's their job to make sure that area gets returned to being safe and clean for you and your workers to walk in. If you aren't sure of what exactly a clean working area is, how to make it safe or any other questions regarding workplace safety, check out Arbill's safety programs.
4. Provide Proper, Bright Lighting For All Work Areas
Providing proper lighting is often overlooked when it comes to slips, trips and falls because people don't always realize the impact of a dimly lit work area. If the lighting in an area is poor, workers are more likely to slip, trip and fall because they are unable to see if there are any hazardous objects in the way.
However, if there is bright lighting and the workers are clearly able to see where they are walking and what's around them, workers aren't as susceptible to slips, trips and falls.
Slips, trips and fall are a common threat to workplace safety, and second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of fatalities. It's incredibly important to take the proper steps listed above to promote workplace safety and prevent accidents and injuries.