SLIPS AND FALLS – AVOID SLIP UPS
Slips and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries. What do experts recommend as the single most important step to take in preventing slips and falls? Simple...keep floors/ground clean, dry, and free of obstruction. When it comes to safeguards against slips and falls, nothing is more important than good housekeeping.
When you walk through a work area, look for spills, grease spots, oil, ice or water. Water spilled and then froze or snow that covers ice can create a major hazard. Look around and be aware of wet areas or objects on the ground. Then take the time to do something about it. Clean up the hazard or place cones or hazard signs nearby, warning of the danger. People can walk on extremely slippery surfaces by modifying their speed and stride, provided they know about the dangerous condition. It’s the lack of warning that can cause problems. An unexpected shift from a smooth to a slick surface heightens the likelihood of a slip or fall.
Look for signs of elevation change. Choose footwear appropriate for the work site. Consider slips and falls when you’re doing a job. Make sure guard rails are in place to prevent falls, watch where you’re going; take slow, short steps where slip potential is high; and use hand holds where possible.
Preventing Slips on Snow and Ice
To prevent slips, trips, and falls, clear walking surfaces of snow and ice, and spread deicer, as quickly as possible after a winter storm. In addition, the following precautions will help reduce the likelihood of injuries:
Wear proper footwear when walking on snow or ice is unavoidable, because it is especially treacherous. A pair of insulated and water-resistant boots with good rubber treads is a must for walking during or after a winter storm.
Take short steps and walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction, when walking on an icy or snow-covered surface.