Considered collectively, slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of on-the-job injuries year after year.
Slips occur when insecure footing causes someone to lose their balance, trips are when someone loses their balance due to contact with an object, and falls occur when the body hits the floor. Slips and trips can lead to falls.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips and falls cost U.S. employers nearly $70 billion each year in workers’ compensation claims, lost productivity, regulatory fines and administrative costs. In 2016, there were 849 fatalities cause by this category of accident, and more than 260,000 employees missed at least one day of work due to a slip, trip and/or fall.
Perhaps one of the most tragic things about this kind of accident is that it is highly preventable. Below are a few tops prevention tips.
Good housekeeping is significant, as safety and cleanliness go hand-in-hand. If housekeeping practices are subpar, it can lead to a higher rate of injuries, increasing injury-related costs and lowering employee morale. If a company’s facilities are kept clean and organized, it supports the overall safety of people in those facilities.
Encourage Safe Walking Habits
Being in a rush will often cause someone to walk quickly or even run, leading to higher odds of a slip, trip or fall. Using shortcuts, not paying attention, using a mobile device, having obstructed vision and not using correct walkways are typically cited in on-the-job slips, trips and falls.
It is up to management to discourage bad habits and encourage employees to walk safely and with awareness.
Visible Signage and Markings
Visible signage and markings can direct people away from walking hazards like slippery surfaces and gaps in flooring. Floor markings can direct employees through a workspace that often gets cluttered.
The shoes someone is wearing play a large role in preventing or causing a fall. The smoothness of the soles and the kind of heels on the shoe are the two major factors when it comes to maintaining proper footing. Shoelaces should also be tied properly.
When a fall-related injury occurs, footwear ought to be examined to find out if it played a part in the accident. Staff members must wear footwear suitable to the job duties they are being asked to perform.
Minimize Slippery Surfaces
Slippery walking surfaces are often cited in many officially reported slips, trip and falls. Anti-skid surface, moisture-absorbent mats and rapid clean-up after spills can help keep indoor walking surfaces from becoming too slippery. Maintenance of walking surfaces and diligent snow and ice removal can help to reduce slippery surfaces outdoors.
Let’s Work Together to Keep Employees Safe!
At NSC, we work diligently with our clients to prevent on-the-job accidents. If your company is currently looking for a talent acquisition partner that keeps safety top of mind, please contact us today.