How To Prevent Slips, Trips, And Falls At Your Facility

Categories Business Tips

The workplace can be hazardous to the everyday worker. This hazard often takes the form of simple slips, trips, and falls.

Serious Injury Or Death

However, these accidents often result in serious injury and thousands of these preventable injuries happen every year.

According to Work Safe Australia, between the years 2003 – 2015, these accidents resulted in the deaths of 386 workers! These slips, trips, and falls also led to 23% of the serious worker compensation claims.

These are sobering statistics and ones we should not take lightly.

Accidents Are Preventable

Work Safe Australia also found that 56% of these accidents were caused by preventable environmental factors.

What can you do to prevent these unfortunate and often disabling accidents to happen at your facility?
Prevention is everything.

Consider two of the most important aspects for preventing these types of injuries…

Do a Visual Audit

Walk around your facility. Do this slowly and assess the potential and real hazards to your employees. Often there are more safety risks than you think. Consider past incidents that resulted in slips, trips, or falls. Where did they happen? What circumstances caused the accidents? Can you identify other hazards that weren’t noticed before?

Look for common causes of slips

  • Wet or slick surfaces
  • Occasional spills or leaks
  • Uneven floor surfaces
  • Unattached or inappropriate floor coverings
  • Weather hazards
  • Not enough traction on floor surfaces
  • Poor housekeeping
  • And trips…
  • Poor lighting
  • Cluttered walkways
  • Obstructed views
  • Trailing or exposed cables
  • Rumpled carpeting
  • Uneven grades and steps
  • Loose or missing floor pieces
  • Poorly stored materials
  • Open desk or cabinet drawers

As you record these risks, pay attention to any greater safety issues that may be affecting the whole facility.

From this extensive assessment, you can then recommend and carry out the required steps to reduce and possibly eliminate any possibility of slips, trips, and falls in the workplace.

Efficient and Effective Housekeeping

Good housekeeping practices are essential to the safety of your crew and often a key factor in the incidence of employee injuries.

The cleaner and more organized your facility, the lower the risk of accidents.

Working with the risk assessment above, ensure that your housekeeping staff carries out the proper practices to prevent these slips, trips, and falls.

Examples of these practices can include…

  • Mopping up all spills immediately
  • Using proper signage to alert of spills and wet areas
  • Keeping all walkways clear from clutter and debris
  • Changing light bulbs to ensure adequate lighting
  • Properly securing mats and rugs to the floor
  • Covering loose cables effectively

Furthermore, regular scheduling of routine housekeeping duties can make a significant difference in injury prevention.

Make sure your housekeeping staff know how important their role is and that they are the frontline workers in preventing accidents.

Remember that without these two essential features, an effective preventive safety program can never be accomplished. Be aware of your safety risks.

Do something about them and finally empower your housekeeping staff to report and resolve any hazards that may arise.

References:
https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/safety_haz/falls.html

http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/27549/Prevent-slips-trips-falls

https://www.fastenal.com/content/documents/2014/07/10-Steps-To-Prevent-Slips-Trips-Falls-Guide.pdf

Prevent Slips Trips and Falls with this 5 Step Process

5 Ways to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls at Work

https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/slips-trips-falls

Leave a Reply