Any business owner will know just how important it is to prevent trips and falls at work. Not only can slips, trips and falls be expensive, due to needing to pay sick pay and potentially compensation, they can also reduce productivity, as people need to stop what they are doing to give first aid. In extreme cases, people may be so injured that they end up needing time off work too. Therefore, prevention of slips and falls is important, so here’s how you can do so.
Identify danger areas
Firstly, you should walk through your entire workplace and look for any danger areas where slips and falls are a hazard.
Some places to look out for include:
- Entrances to the building where people may walk in with wet or muddy feet
- Anywhere where oils and slippery materials may be sprayed or spilled on the floor
- Places where the floor may need to be regularly cleaned
- Anywhere that has tripping hazards such as an unexpected step or cables along the floor
By doing this, you can find the most potentially dangerous parts of your property, so you can avoid some of the most common accidents on-site.
Install non-slip flooring
Many accidents are caused by not having appropriate flooring, so it’s important you install flooring that meets your needs. If you choose epoxy flooring Adelaide, make sure you find one that has an extra non-slip coating, as this will ensure the flooring is safe. As long as spills are then cleaned up properly and wet floors are signposted, you can avoid a lot of accidents.
Keep floors clear
One of the main causes of trips and falls in the workplace is falling over objects that have been left in the way. This can be all sorts of things, from boxes to cables or even litter. It’s important that your workplace be as clutter-free as possible, which ensures that junk doesn’t get in people’s way.
Place barriers on dangerous areas
From balconies to mezzanines, anywhere where there is a risk of people falling from a height, no matter how obvious, should have barriers and be closed off if possible, so you can avoid major injuries.
Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common workplace injuries, but luckily, they are also among the most preventable. With the right flooring, cleaning methods and preventative measures, you can ensure nobody is hurt on your businesses’ premises.