Occupational Health: Preventing Trips, Slips, and Falls

April 17, 2018 9:05 pm Published by

Trips, slips, and falls are a significant part of workplace injuries and can happen anywhere in the workplace. There are many conditions that can lead to these accidents like slippery or uneven surfaces, missing or loose flooring, weather hazards, or objects in the way.

What is the difference?
Trips happen when a person’s foot strikes an object and causes them to lose balance. A slip happens because of loss of traction with the walking surface. Falls happen as a result of slips and trips.

Preventing Trips, Slips, and Falls in the Workplace

  1. Wearing non-slip shoes can greatly help prevent worker slips, trips, and falls.
  2. Replace burnt-out light bulbs promptly. A properly lit workplace can mean the difference between a safe work area and a serious fall.
  3. Keep walkways and hallways free of debris, clutter, and obstacles, as it can easily cause trip and fall hazards.
  4. Pay attention. Worker safety starts by being alert. They need to pay attention to their surrounding, report unsafe conditions and walk carefully in areas where slip, trip, and fall hazards are present.
  5. Clean up spills as soon as they happen. If it can’t be cleaned up, be sure to place a wet floor sign out to warn workers. Utilize workplace products that can minimize accidents, such as moisture-absorbent and slip-resistant floor mats and “wet floor” signs.

Prevention is the best way to keep your workers safe from a trip, slip, or fall. But should a workplace injury occur, Stony Creek Urgent Care Center can handle your occupational health needs. Contact Sue Vigorito for more information.