Nearly everyone has been the victim of a slip, trip, or fall at some point in their life. Think back to your childhood – remember that time you decided to run through the house after jumping in the pool? Mom warned you to dry off before you went inside, but you didn’t listen – and to this day, the scar over your left eyebrow serves as a painful reminder of the fact that falls are no laughing matter.While the spills you took as a kid are undoubtedly scary, take a moment and think about how dangerous a fall in the workplace might be. Unfortunately, fall injuries at work are far more common than you probably imagine.
Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional deaths in the U.S., accounting for nearly 32,000 fatalities, according to Injury Facts 2016. With safe work practices and preventative measures, workers can reduce the risk of injuries and deaths caused from fall-related incidents.
"Falls don’t discriminate – they can happen in any business such as restaurants, retail stores, and hotels."
The most common locations for falls in the workplace are:
Here are 10 tips you need to know to help you avoid slips, trips, and falls from happening in your workplace:
- Start at the front door - Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to prevent others from tripping.
- Exterior walkways – Get rid of any debris that obstructs doors. Or if you can’t remove it, don’t walk on it, walk around it.
- Near electrical components - Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas.
- Walkways and steps – Schedule periodic checks of the condition of walkways, steps, aisles, and any high traffic areas.
- When working on ladders – Never use a ladder that hasn’t been properly inspected by a competent person.
- Carrying boxes or large items – Don’t carry anything that’s large enough to block your vision.
- When walking on steps – Always use the handrail that’s provided for your safety and watch your step.
- Spills – Clean up spills immediately and place wet floor signs near them until the floor is completely dry.
- When working – Keep frequently used items in areas that are easy to reach.
- Steps – When steps are provided, use them. Jumping will increase your chances of a serious fall-related injury.
And since it’s always important to prevent slips, trips, and falls, post eye-catching posters from Safety Poster around your workplace to keep others informed.