Slips And Falls: How To Prevent Them In The Workplace


Slips and falls are some of the most common causes of workplace injuries. It’s up to employers to prevent these injuries through health and safety measures. Doing so won’t just protect your employees and customers – it could also protect your business from potential lawsuits and negative media publicity. Below are just some of the main ways in which you can prevent slips and falls.

Attend to slippery spillages immediately

In workplaces such as factories and kitchens, spillages of oil and grease can be key causes of falls. Make sure that these spillages are cleaned up immediately – or at least signposted. If spillages are commonplace in certain areas, consider laying down rubber grip mats that will stop people slipping even when there are spillages.

Always use a wet floor sign

When cleaning a floor, always put down a wet floor sign. This is likely to get people to notice that the floor is wet so that there’s less risk of slipping. Even if people still proceed to ignore it and slip, it can serve as an extra form of protection against any subsequent lawsuit.

Keep walkways clear of clutter

Clutter and unnecessary debris found on walkways could pose as a trip hazard. Make sure that this clutter is relocated. Such examples could include boxes or step ladders that haven’t been put away. Keeping certain walkways clear could be a legal requirement in many cases – it’s necessary that any corridor or staircase that leads to a fire exit is kept clear.

Tidy away trailing cables

In offices, cables are a big culprit for causing falls. Make sure that any cables are hidden under desks or run them along a wall. Cables can also be a hazard when using portable tools including drills, vacuum cleaners and grass trimmers – make sure to keep these cables out the way of other people (or use portable tools where possible).  

Use rails and harnesses to prevent serious falls

When there’s a risk of people falling from a great height, more stringent protection should always be taken. On construction sites, edge protection for scaffolding should always be provided. If you’re cleaning windows at a great height or cutting branches from a tree, a harness should always be used.  It’s worth always providing rails on staircases around small ledges too.

Don’t allow people to use a ladder alone

When employees are using ladders (not including step ladders), it’s important to have someone below to steady the ladder and monitor the work being done. Accidents involving falls from ladders are very common – having someone else there below is likely to prevent such accidents.

Use non-slip rugs

Loose rugs can also be a common trip hazard. When buying rugs for your workplace, make sure that the rug has a non-slip backing (especially if you’re placing it on a hard polished floor). Make sure that damaged rugs and carpets are repaired, as these can also pose as trip hazards. 

 

 

 

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