If you’re 50 years old, then countless are the number of times you’ve accidentally slipped and injured your knees in your workplace. To you, perhaps it was a non-issue; after all, you are still alive with nothing, but scar marks serving as the reminder of what you went through.
But, do you know that what you probably refer to as “minor workplace-related injuries” do kill?
Well, they do, not to mention the amounts in settlements after lawsuits, medical expenses, and so forth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over a million Americans slip, trip or fall and get injured in their places of work every year. And out of them, over 17,000 of them do succumb to the resulting injuries.
In 2018, statistics from the Liberty Mutual Insurance Workplace Safety Index showed that businesses in the US lost over $11 billion in 2015 to compensation related to workplace injuries. Of course, most of these hefty personal injury compensations are as a result of negligence on the basic safety measures. And this speaks merely of how costly those simple injuries you pay no attention to are.
With that said, these are some of the best ways of preventing slips, trips and falls at your place of work:
Encourage Good Housekeeping Practices
Part of the preventive measures in your place of work should also include adopting proper housekeeping techniques. All pavements, footpaths, roads, and stairs should always remain noticeably clean and organized with no obstructions whatsoever. Commonly used accessories like power, internet, and phone cords must not be left on the way.
Furthermore, it is essential always to put on proper footwear and control one’s behavior. Expert personal injury attorneys from Abel & Annes would advise, never walk in a hurry in your workplace. Also, avoid shortcuts or walking while using your cellphone.
All walking surfaces should be clean and clutter-free
First, make sure all footpaths, pavements and other walkways are clean and clear from any clutter. You can take time to clean them, cut away any plants that may have grown or even the trash and garbage on the road. Other things to watch out for are spillages and unanchored mats that could make it easy to slip and fall.
Basically, try to ensure that the walking area has enough friction between your feet and the surface. When you keep all walkways clear, chances of tripping and falling certainly reduce. You can apply what the Safety+Health Magazine recommends:
• Clean up spills immediately
• All walkways and hallways should be free from debris
• Install abrasive floor mats and replace worn flooring
Proper lighting on all walking areas
Tripping is likely to happen in a poorly lit area, especially when a person can’t judge the state of the walkway. Countless people trip and fall in staircases that are not well lit, even when they have been using them for years.
To prevent this, you must keep the whole area lit so that the entire area is visible. You can use the standard power bulbs, strategically installed in the area or the natural light. Still, ensure that the area is free from debris, clutter and any form of obstruction that could easily can an injury.
Fix Handrails where necessary
On top of lighting all dark or poorly lit staircases, ensure that proper handrails are fixed. They should be rough enough to guarantee a firm grip and with reflective tapes on both ends. If any areas could potentially cause one to trip, they should be marked as dangerous spots as well.
Erect the Right Signage
Clear, well-placed signs in areas that are likely to induce slips and trips are equally encouraged. If the floor is slippery, has lots of loose rocks and gravel or has any obstruction, try to erect a sign that indicates the likelihood of tripping and falling. The signage should be placed in a place that’s clear for all, written well and in all the languages understood by the users of the walkway.