Reducing the risk of slips, trips and falls in the workplace

Wet and Slippery floors are usual occurrence in workplaces. When not properly taken care of, they can potentially cause major injuries to employees. According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over a third of all major injuries reported every year are caused as a result of a slip or trip – the single most common cause of injuries at work. Furthermore, 95% of over 3-day absences from work due to injury are a result of slips, trips and falls.

So what should be done to mitigate the risk of trips and falls? As an employer, you can do a lot of things to save your employees from accidents and yourself from undue penalties and associated cost.

As it is put, prevention is always better than cure. Here are some tips that you can follow to prevent slips, trips and falls in your workplace:

1. Assess and investigate your facilities.

You must periodically review your workplace facilities and assess if each area complies with the safety standards set forth by OH&S. You can tap the help of an audit representative or conduct surveys of employees to find out potential hazards in your workplace.

2. Mark and Label aisles

It is a must that you use aisle and line marking paint as well as anti-slip tapes. This will create visual organization in your facilities and create pedestrian zones and floor clearances, thereby increasing your workplace safety.

3. Provide sufficient matting and floor protection

Prevent slips caused by wet floors by providing matting as well as floor stands and floor signage in key areas of your workplace. These products will increase traction on slippery surfaces and will warn employees of wet floors.

4. Practice good housekeeping.

Always check if your housekeeping practices are carried out properly – floors are not left wet, leaks and roof lights are repaired immediately.  Monitor housekeeping activities on a daily basis and encourage a well-maintained safe workplace.

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