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How to Prevent Falls in the Workplace

How to Prevent Falls in the Workplace

Slips and falls are some of the most common accidents that occur and, though it might not sound serious, these types of accidents can actually result in some serious injuries. Slips, trips and fall cases typically lead to time out of work for recovery, but sadly, some have even resulted in death. Given these surprising findings, it is in every employer’s best interest that these accidents are prevented by maintaining a safe work environment.

Some of the most common causes of slips and falls include wet or oily floors, unanchored mats, and flooring that lacks traction in all areas. Trips often happen when a person’s foot strikes an object, resulting in a loss of balance. Oftentimes, workers trip because of cluttered walkways, inadequate lighting, uncovered cables, left open drawers, and wrinkled carpeting or rugs.

Below is a list of tips that can help prevent slips, trips, and falls in the workplace:

  • Always clean up spills immediately or, if they cannot be addressed right away, there should be a warning sign in place to alert workers to any dangerous conditions.
  • Keep walkways and hallways free of debris or any other obstacles that a worker can potentially trip on.
  • Keep filing cabinets and desk drawers shut when they are not being used.
  • Cover cables or cords that are in walkways to keep workers from tripping and falling over them.
  • Replace burnt-out light bulbs to ensure all areas are properly lit, so employees can see where they are walking and avoid any possible obstacles.
  • Install abrasive floor mats or replace worn flooring.
  • Encourage employees to wear comfortable and fitted shoes that are appropriate for the workplace.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls can happen in all occupational settings, especially those in which there are frequently slippery floors, cluttered or unstable walking surfaces, unprotected edges, floor holes or wall openings, unsafely positioned ladders, and misused fall protection. For employers to reduce the risk of a fall at work, the aforementioned tips should be considered.

Additionally, employees should walk at a pace that is appropriate for the surface they are on or the task they are performing. Walking with your feet slightly pointed outward, making wide turns when walking around corners, and using handrails while on the stairs are all safe practices that can help employees avoid being injured in a fall accident.

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