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Safety Matters: Slip Prevention

SLIP PREVENTION

Of the 3.8 million work injuries each year, 15% are due to slips, trips, or falls, which accounts for 12 to 15% of all workers' compensation costs. The average cost for one slip and fall injury can be up to $50,000! 

 

WHAT CAUSES SLIPS?

• Slippery walkway surfaces — water, dirt, ice or grease

• Inadequate footwear, poor slip resistance

• Poor lighting— Walkers cannot see hazards on the floor or ground

• Transitions from non-slippery to slippery conditions, such as carpet to tile

 

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

• Inspect floor surfaces often

• During inspections, have mops or squeegees ready so that you can take care of wet floors immediately

• Place warning signs at damp or wet areas

• Send an email to employees and advise them to wear proper footwear and

walk carefully before and during wet, snowy, or icy weather

• Be diligent- Keep plenty of ice melt down in areas where people are likely to slip, such as curbs, ramps, and doorways. Who is responsible for this task?

 

What can employers do to improve safety? Talk to your employees about safety.


*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. For further information, please consult a risk management professional.

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