Slips, trips and falls injuries can be serious, but are preventable
Slips, trips, and falls are the third-leading cause of injury in the manufacturing sector. Every day, two workers have a lost time injury claim due to a slip, trip, or fall in a manufacturing facility in British Columbia, and every month, 4,000 work days are lost due to injuries sustained by slips, trips, or falls.
Creating a safety culture is good for business, and more importantly, it’s the right thing to do
Workplaces that implement slip, trip, and fall prevention controls can have a significant advantage, especially when factors such as costs, lost productivity, and staff replacement are taken into consideration. Although these costs are not simple to quantify, they affect your business’ bottom line.
Fewer slip and trip incidents happen where walkways and working surfaces are free of clutter and spills. Storing tools, equipment, and materials in their designated location helps prevent slips, trips and falls in the workplace. Safe work environments lead to healthier workers, higher worker moral, and increased productivity. The good news is a majority of slip, trip, and fall incidents are preventable. The basic precautions can be simple and cost-effective.
How to prevent slips and trips in the workplace?
The simplest way of preventing slips, trips, and falls injuries in your workplace is to develop and implement a risk management plan that uses the established hierarchy of controls to identify and assess controls, and to monitor safety hazards and risks. Some examples are:
- Install electrical wires, cords, and hoses where they won’t create tripping hazards.
- Install covers, drip pans, containers, or containment rooms to prevent the release of contaminants from equipment to the floor.
- Make sure all tools, equipment, and materials are stored in their designated locations.
- Determine the right type of footwear for workers to wear based on the slip and trip hazards in the workplace.
The employer is responsible for identifying and assessing the hazards in your workplace and implementing risk controls. Understanding the risks and simple alternatives is the first step in reducing workplace injuries.
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