Each year, accidents collectively known as “slips, trips and falls” cause tens of thousands of on-the-job injuries and far too many fatalities.
The most common causes of slip, trip and fall accidents are slippery walking and working surfaces caused by the spilling of liquids. These types of accidents can also be caused by uneven flooring and objects in walkways.
Fortunately, most slip, trip and fall accidents are possible to avoid, as the fundamental prevention measures are straightforward and cost-effective: good housekeeping, good footwear, non-slippery walking surfaces and a company culture that puts safety first.
Good housekeeping must be a routine, an ongoing process that is done almost automatically as a part of each person’s workday.
Good housekeeping starts with the understand of what must be done, who’s is responsible and what various work areas ought to look like when cleaning and organizing is done. A designated person or team might be responsible for clean-up, although personal responsibility of each employees is the preferred way to go.
Eliminate Slippery Surfaces Where Possible
Both indoor and outdoor surfaces should be kept clean and dry. Outdoor sidewalks, parking lots and other common areas must to be kept free of large cracks or potholes. During the winter, surface should be kept clear of snow and ice. In rare instance, it may be necessary to put indicators and barriers around trouble spots to prevent accidents. Adhesive striping material or anti-skid paint can help to maintain traction in outdoor areas that are regularly covered by liquid.
Indoors, non-skid, moisture-absorbent mats with beveled edges should be placed at entrances. Also, “Wet Floor” signs should be readily accessible in all areas. Anti-skid adhesive tape can also address problematic areas indoors. Spills should be cleaned up quickly.
Mandate or Provide Proper Footwear
Proper footwear is essential when it comes to preventing slips, trip and falls. The type of traction on the soles and type of heel play the biggest roles in the stability of a piece of footwear. If your company makes anti-skid or other types of specialty footwear mandatory, it must pay for or provide this footwear to employees under the law.
Encourage a Culture of Safety First
Production demands can be, well, demanding and people often become careless when they are in a rush to meet their work responsibilities. A responsible company should hold the position that safety is more important than any production demand. Shortcuts, running, walking quickly, carrying too many materials may help someone be more efficient at their job, but a company should not encourage these behaviors because of the increased risk of slipping, tripping and/or falling.
Nationwide Temporaries Helps Our Clients Keep Their Employees Safe
At NWT, we pride ourselves on having a strong culture of safety. If your company is looking for a staffing partner with a strong safety record, please contact us today.