Tips & Tricks

Slips, Trips, and Falls: Common Hazards and How to Prevent Them

You know the classic slipping on a banana peel act in cartoons and comedies? It’s funny in that context, but in real life slips, trips, and falls are quite dangerous.

Did you know that the most popular reason for a trip to the emergency room in the US is fall-related injuries? Falls send about 8 million people to seek medical attention. About 5% of falling incidents are fatal.

Thus, preventing slips, trips, and falls in your workplace is important. You want everyone to stay safe and happy. That will help keep your employee turnover low.

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Proper Footwear

One of the best methods to reduce the risk of falling in your workplace is to encourage everyone to wear proper footwear. Non-slip soles with good traction are important. Particularly if you work in an environment where the floor can be wet or greasy, like a restaurant.

Keep Your Workspace Picked Up

It isn’t only banana peels that can cause you to slip and fall when you step on them. Tools, boxes, and other debris left lying around can have the same effect.

Encourage your team to keep the workspace clear. Tools should only be out when someone is using them. Objects need to be put away when not in use.

Ropes and cords can be pesky little tripping hazards. Keep them rolled up and put away or consider taping them to the floor if they must be in use for an extended period of time.

Use Warning Signs

Is there a step or uneven spot in your workspace that everyone is always tripping over? Try putting a warning sign where it will be easy to see. Spotting a warning sign can help people remember in time that they need to watch their feet.

Light It Up

People are far more likely to trip over something in poor lighting. Without proper illumination, it is hard to see hazards on the floor. Particularly if the person is carrying something or in a hurry.

Install bright lights to chase away the shadows and make it easier for people to see hazards before their feet encounter them.

Use Safety Gear

In every industry, there is safety gear that can help keep everybody safe. This can be something as simple as a reflective vest in a parking lot or special anchoring equipment for workers who spend time up on scaffolding or ladders.

It isn’t enough to just have safety gear available in the workplace. It is important that all employees be trained in the proper use of their safety gear. Discover more here about how dangerous the misuse of safety equipment can be.

The Best Slips, Trips, and Falls Prevention

People are your best resource when it comes to preventing slips, trips, and falls. Ensure that people know to wear proper footwear and keep workspaces clean and picked up. Give them proper training on the use of safety equipment and set them up for success by providing adequate lighting and warning signs.

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