Trips, slips, and falls are more common in the workplace than you may think. In fact, these accidents are some of the most common, severe, and expensive workplace injuries. Depending on your job, there are many hazards and obstacles that you need to be aware of. It is beneficial for both employer and employee to develop better tactics to reduce the risk of slips and falls in the workplace. Here are some tips for preventing slip and fall accidents at work.
Keep Walking Areas Clear
Obstacles in the walkways cause the majority of slip and fall accidents. So, be sure to remove these obstacles and being proactive about any in the future. Avoid leaving boxes and clutter in places where people might trip. It would be helpful to take a few extra minutes after work to put things in their place, like trailing cables and other items. If their path is unobstructed, it minimizes the employee’s chances of falling and makes them feel safer and secure in their work environment. As a result, the employers will feel safer as well, knowing that they are less likely to be responsible for an employee’s injuries.
Require Proper Shoes
Even if your job does not have a uniform, a minimum dress code requirement may reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents. If you work in construction or are on your feet all day, you should always wear non-slip, closed-toed shoes to protect your feet. Not only will this help reduce slips and falls, but it will also help prevent employees from injuring their feet on nails and other sharp objects that could be contaminated.
Make Sure Stairways Have Handrails
Handrails are an essential part of stair safety. Workplaces that do not install this safety measure tend to be the most at risk for slip and fall accidents. To ensure employee safety, it is best to make sure the handrails are secured and that the area surrounding the stairwell is clear, well-lit, and free of any hazards. Many building codes require handrails on every stairway to ensure occupant safety. Be sure to check with your local building code official to ensure your workplace has the proper safety measures in place.
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