How To Prevent Workplace Slips, Trips & Falls
Posted on 29th April 2019 by Keith Hirst
According to the Health and Safety Executive, slips, trips and falls accounted for a third of injuries across the workplace in 2016/2017. Although the majority are non-fatal workplace accidents, falls from a height are the second most common cause of fatal accidents at work. While employers have a duty of care towards their staff, employees should work together to prevent minor incidences.
1. Implement a ‘5S System’
A ‘5S system’ will help to maintain good housekeeping across your workplace. It’s of fundamental importance that tools and equipment are stored safely after each use so as to prevent them from becoming trip hazards in doorways, corridors or aisles. The five S’s are Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain.
2. Clean up Spillages Immediately
This should go without saying, whether you’ve created or innocently come across a small puddle or greasy smear on the office floor, wipe it up to prevent either yourself or your colleagues from slipping over. It won’t take long and could save someone from a broken limb.
3. Shut Filing Cabinets and Desk Drawers
Prevent someone tripping over what they won’t be able to see, or expect for that matter. Office drawers aren’t at eye level and so, it will be harder to see if a drawer is open, especially if it’s towards the bottom of the cabinet. Also, your colleagues won’t be consciously on the lookout for open drawers in the event that they’ll trip over them. Be considerate and close them.
4. Cover Doorway Cables and Cords
Unless it’s absolutely imperative to have cables or cords near a doorway, it’s advisable that you relocate them. If you have no choice, the last thing you want is for someone to trip over loose doorway cables. Tape them down using duct tape, or tuck them securely under a carpet.
5. Wear Comfortable Shoes with Good Grip
Whether you work in an office or on the wards at the local hospital, good shoes are the ultimate foundation to preventing trips in the workplace. Unless the dress code states otherwise, opt for flat, sensible shoes with a good grip and even soles.
6. Ensure Adequate Lighting
The right amount of light can be the difference between seeing a pool of water on the floor, subsequently preventing a fall and completely overlooking the puddle and slipping on it through lack of clear vision. Mitigate this issue by having adequate lighting throughout the workplace to make everything, especially the floor, effortlessly visible.
7. Safety Signs and Labels
If there are contaminated areas within your workplace, you must be well informed as to where they are. Signs and labels prove to be helpful in distinguishing between areas or items that aren’t safe to enter or touch. Likewise, signs must be in place that notifies workers of low ceilings or doorways, steep or uneven steps and potential sudden drops in floor levels.
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