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10 Tips to Preventing Slips Trips and Falls at Your Business

In the modern business world, there can never be enough hustle and grind to the workers of your company.

Urgency sets in, and everyone kicks it up a notch to meet the goals and standards or both your company and it’s clientele.

Unfortunately, that increased urgency is when an accident can happen. Someone falling or slipping while on the job can be a detrimental blow to your company’s future.

Needless to say, it’s vitally important to stop that from happening no matter the cost.

Here are several ways of preventing slips, trips and falls for your company’s entire workforce and clientele.

1. Efficient Housekeeping

Step one of preventing any workforce accidents is by making an exhaustive effort towards good housekeeping techniques.

Installing habits such as daily custodial maintenance, warehouse/office safety walk-throughs, and scanning for potential danger each week can significantly lower your chances of an accident.

Take the time to set a routine and expectation of what each department can do to meet your standards.

Hold your custodians to a high expectation of cleanliness, hold your workforce to using the safety measurements you’ve given them, etc.

Laying out a daily standard for your company’s office, and it’s cleanliness, will reduce your risk of an incident.

2. Immediate Clean-Up

One of the best ways to protect yourself from an employee being injured is to clean up any spills as soon as they happen.

Spills and drops are going to occur, it’s just a part of the clumsiness that comes with being a human. What you don’t need is for that to be a reason there’s bodily harm to an employee.

Set the expectation that spills are to be cleaned up within mere minutes of the accident occurring. It’s one of the most preventative things you can do!

3. Wet Floor Signs

Did you know that over 80-percent of incidents at work are due to a slip? That means that a wet floor is the leading cause of accidents in the workplace.

One of the best ways to prevent that is through awareness and a wet floor sign is the best way to do that!

They come in all different shapes and sizes but usually cost between $8-$26 depending on the quality you’re looking for.

Always have around 2-3 ready to use, it’s helpful to prepare for those days where there are several spills.

4. Refrain from Walkway Obstacles

Anytime there’s an object in the middle of a walkway in your workplace you have the potential for disaster.

All it takes is one employee carrying a heavy box they can’t see past or just simply not paying attention to trip over it and break their arm.

Lead by example and move items out of a walkway whenever and wherever you see one. 

Remember that wet floor sign from earlier? Have it over the wet spot when possible, but if that wet spot is in the middle of a hall, try to have it as off to the side as possible.

5. Cover all Cables

Nothing trips people more often or more effectively that a wire or cable that’s embedded somewhere in the wall.

It’s lodged into the wall/outlet just enough to resist a person’s foot or leg getting caught under it.

That means your employee, who’s carrying something heavy, will go tumbling to the ground with whatever they were holding.

Tuck the cables under something, tape them down along the wall, or store them somewhere that they won’t be in the way.

6. Encourage Proper Shoes for the Job

Making your workplace safer with things such as these steps is sure to limit the chances of an accident.

However, you also want your workers to take precautions as well. If your place of work is known to get slippery often, such as the kitchen of a restaurant, then enforce your workers to wear comfortable non-skid shoes.

Don’t assume that’s common knowledge. If your employee slips, and you never enforced non-skid shoes, they have a case for being hurt due to your negligence.

7. Quality Lighting

Having porous lighting in your workplace can result in any of the “deadly three” incidents: slips, trips, or falls.

Make sure that every light in your building is high-resolution and don’t try to consolidate lighting to save money. Place lights in any slightly dark spot that you notice.

Not doing so can result in a lawsuit when the employee claims they didn’t see the wet spot, obstruction, or step that was in their walkway when they fell.

8. Monitor Employee Behavior

Sometimes the safest way to protect your employees is by protecting them from themselves.

If you notice a certain employee has bad work habits that can result in bodily harm, such as improper lifting technique, use that as a teaching moment.

Doing so will show your employees that you genuinely care about their well-being, which plays in your favor if a lawsuit were to ever happen.

9. Floor Mats are Your Best Friend

If your workplace has been known to have a wet floor due to the operations of your business, such as a winery or warehouse, then you have to adjust your plan accordingly.

One of the best things to have for a workplace like that is rubber floor mats. They add an extra layer of traction for your employees.

Make sure to have enough so you can provide a safe walkway for all employees who walk up and down your floors.

10. Keep Walking Surfaces Level

Anytime you notice even the slightest oddities in your floor, fix it right away.

Bumps, loose tiles or pieces of wooding, or even holes in your flooring can lead to serious physical harm for your employees.

If that ever happens, it’s pretty obvious who’s at fault: you, for not replacing it as soon as someone brought it to your attention.

Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls: Have an Open Eye

Accidents happen every day, it’s just a part of life. The best thing you can do in preventing slips, trips, and falls is to keep an open eye and act on it.

Placing it as a priority means you care about the safety of your staff, and that won’t go unnoticed by your workers.

Be sure to check back with At Your Business often for more helpful information on the daily operations of your company.