Tips to Reduce Falling Hazards in the Workplace

falling hazards in the workplace

Every year, hospitals see over 800,000 individuals due to a fall accident, which can total over $50 billion in medical costs.

When you think of an individual falling and suffering from a head injury or fractured bone, can you picture that happening in your business?

Whether your answer is yes or no, it’s important that you start taking the necessary precautions right away. Falling hazards in the workplace are no joke. The risks that slips, trips and falls impose on your employees, customers and business itself cannot be ignored. These common accidents pose a clear danger to the health and safety of individuals that step foot on your property, and impact the credibility and success of your business.

Experience one of these accidents on your property and you’re just waiting for a painful lawsuit to happen. While your ability to 100% prevent slips, trips and falls from happening on your premises is not possible, there are still plenty of actions that you can take to reduce your risk of seeing one of these terrible occurrences happen in your workplace.

Safety Planning to Prevent Falls

Before you can figuratively jump in to rescue individuals from falling, it’s important to know exactly what signs you are looking out for. These integral signs will help you determine where your business needs improvements and what actions will be necessary to improve your business’ safety.

Common falling hazards include:

1. Obstacles on Floors

There’s the obvious point that you should keep your floors (both out in the open and also in storage closets and any other area of your business) clear of clutter to prevent customers and employees from tripping. But there’s also the fact that you need to maintain the cleanliness and structure of your business as well. This means cleaning up spills right away, monitoring that your floor boards or tiles are not separating or becoming damaged, and that your floor mats maintain their quality condition.

2. Poor Lighting

While dimmed lighting may set a mood for a restaurant or other type of business, if the lighting is too low, then individuals may be more likely to not notice a chair leg, a spill that hasn’t yet been cared for, or other potential floor hazard. The same fact goes for storage closets and other rooms that are not frequently in use. Make sure every room in your space has a bright enough light that individuals can clearly see where they are walking and easily avoid hazards.

3. Footwear

Part of the fall may partially be the fault of the customer or employee for wearing shoes with low-traction. But even if they choose to walk into your business space with flip flops, you are still responsible and liable for their safety. Instead of expecting everyone to walk into your business with high-traction shoes, instead assume that they won’t. By making this assumption, you can take a look at your floors and recognize where these low-traction shoes may likely leave the individual flying up into the air, awaiting a painful plummet to the floor. While you can’t always control what customers do, you can ensure that your employees are wearing the right footwear.

4. Transition Areas

An easy way to slip and fall with low-traction shoes is when transitioning from one ground type to another, i.e. concrete to tile. While walking in stilettos at a fast pace outdoors may not cause an individual to slip, if they walk onto a smooth surface that does not offer as much friction and at that same speed, they may slide, twist their ankle and fall. Therefore, it’s important to ease the transition by providing a floor mat as a barrier for that first step into your business.

5. Wet Flooring

Individuals aren’t only at risk of falling when they first walk into your business though. Water, grease or other liquids create a smooth film on the floor, reducing the necessary resistance that prevents individuals from slipping and falling. To prevent risks from wet flooring, make sure to immediately clean up spills, use wet floor signs, and place the correct floor mats in areas where your business may experience common spillage.

At Golden West Betterway Uniforms, we not only provide uniforms that make your employees both look and feel better, but we also provide commercial floor mat services, to help you maintain the integrity of your business. From scraper mats to kitchen mats to safety message mats, we have it all. Minimize falling hazards in the workplace with our mats!

To take that next step toward a safer workplace, contact us today at Golden West Betterway at (800) 953-9292.

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