Slip and fall accidents are the no. 1 contributor to missed days from work, according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). These mishaps are also the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims. For employees ages 55 and older, slip and falls are the most prominent occupational injury. While it’s clear slip and falls are dangerous to employee health and business financials, the causes range.
Consider the following ways a slip and fall accident might happen at your workplace to establish proactive prevention strategies:
Perhaps the most widely-discussed reason behind a slip and fall is wet floors. When uncovered, especially during inclement weather when shoes track moisture, wood, tile and laminate floors are a hazard. Laying moisture-absorbent floor mats prevents puddles from forming and initiating injury in guests, customers and employees. In case of a larger spill, zone the area off with signage to protect individuals walking through your workplace.
Loose floorboards, cracked sidewalks, improper tiles and clutter create dangerous floor surfaces. Repair all damages early – before they have the chance to compromise employees’ safety. Maintain a regular cleaning schedule to keep clutter at bay. Minor floor debris is easily controlled with recessed floor mats and carpet runners that trap particles and remove tripping risks.
Looking sharp at the office is still important to many, despite the new strive for business attire informality. Many women rely on high heels for a sophisticated look, but elevated footwear isn’t practical or safe. Never create a dress code that includes dangerous footwear, regardless of your company’s industry and common practices.
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