4 Tips for aSlip, Trip and Fall-Free Work Day
Slips, trips and fall are the second-leading causes of workplace fatalities, behind only motor vehicle accidents. Follow these tips to keep your feet on solid ground:
1. Practice good housekeeping
Wipe up spills, and keep walkways, steps and exits clear. Do not run extension cords across walkways. If you have to, secure them to the floor. Keep desk and file cabinet drawers closed when you’re not using them. Otherwise, unsuspecting co-workers might trip over them.
2. Behave yourself
Walk, don’t run, making sure to slow down at blind corners. If you are carrying a load, make sure you can see over it. And never engage in horseplay or take shortcuts, such as jumping off loading docks or machinery.
3. Dress for success
Slip-resistant footwear can help protect you from injury, but consider it your last line of defense against accidents. Make sure the shoe or boot is rated for the hazards you encounter. Replace shoes when the soles are worn. Here’s a rule of thumb: If you have a worn spot bigger than two pennies, it’s time for new shoes. If you work in a restaurant or other environment where wet floors are common, ask your employer about slip-resistant floor mats.
4. Work safely from heights
Learn how to set up, inspect and use ladders safely. On stairs, use the handrails, avoid distractions and take one step at a time. And always use fall protection equipment when required.