No Slips, Trips, and Falls Allowed!
Busy, bustling workplaces with all kinds of activities in progress at any given time can be full of slip, trip, and fall hazards. These accidents are costly in both human and financial terms. Don’t let slips, trips, and falls create havoc with your work schedules and eat away at your bottom line.
The General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires you to provide a workplace free of recognized hazards. And that mandate certainly applies to slip, trip, and fall hazards, which are among the most common workplace hazards and the most common causes of worker injuries.
So what are you are doing to make sure your workers are well informed about the risks of slips, trips, and falls as well as about the simple but effective steps they can take every day to prevent these everyday accidents?
Step Up to a Safer Workplace
When you train employees to recognize, report, and help eliminate slip, trip, and fall hazards, focus on the accident-prevention "biggies." For example:
- Clean up grease, oil, and debris.
- Report accidental spills immediately.
- Maintain dry standing areas for wet processes.
- Keep walkways and stairs well lighted.
- Report loose carpeting.
- Set the base of the ladder 1 foot away from the wall for every 4 feet of ladder height.
- Tie off the ladder or have someone support the base.
- Never stand on the top two rungs of the ladder.
- Don’t climb with tools in your hand.
- Always extend stepladder legs fully before use.
Floor/Wall Openings and Holes
- Keep holes, pits, tanks, vats, and ditches covered or guarded by rails.
- Make sure lighting is adequate.
- Avoid edges of loading docks and other areas where falls are likely.
- Use slip-resistant footwear.
- Hold onto the railing going up and down stairs, and never take them two at a time.
- Look where you’re walking, especially if you’re carrying a load.
- Look for warning signs that mark changes in floor level or other walking hazards.
- Clear and apply sand to outdoor walkways and stairs in snowy or icy weather.
- Always walk–don’t run!