Nine out of ten people will instinctively start laughing if another person slips and falls.
Something about these falls puts a smile on peoples faces and even those who consider themselves sympathetic can’t say they haven’t laughed when they saw it in a movie or a cartoon.
Why do we laugh when we see something like this? Is it because of the way person reacts knowing he is going to fall? Or is it because we are not the ones falling? Either way, most people will agree that it is wrong to laugh in these cases.
Aside with jokes, falling can be a very serious thing. Actually, it is listed as one of the most common reasons of injuries at work. At Alsco, experts in the field of work safety work hard to find the best way to prevent this type of incidents.
Ratings show that people suffer millions of work-related injuries every year, and the three occupational groups that are at risk are Personal Services workers, Labourers Machinery Operators and Drivers, and Community.
What is most interesting is that, around 15% of workers who get injured at work, suffer their injury as a result of falling at the same level, a category that includes slipping and tripping.
So, what kind of measures can be taken in order to prevent these accidents, if not stop them completely? Well for both slipping and tripping there are plenty of actions to be taken in order to achieve this aim.
We have put up a short list for you to check out.
4 Simple Ways To Prevent Tripping
- Always keep your workers aware of the danger. Usually, people trip and fall when they are distracted and are not paying attention. So, make sure to put up aid signs in high risk areas to try to remind your staff of the possible dangers.
- Keep the floor surface as consistent as possible, so cover floor power sockets, remove ridges and flatten inclines (if possible).
- If the flooring type is changed suddenly, for example concrete to carpeting, make sure the levels are evenly matched. With carpets or tiling, make sure the edges are secured to prevent dog-earing or warping. Aisles, working areas and corridors should always be kept clear of items, so there is nothing to trip on. Provide special storage areas for boxes and other equipment. Ensure cabling is neatly tucked way. Carry out clean-ups regularly.
- By installing extra power sockets in more convenient places you will reduce the need for cabling. If cabling must cross traffic routes place them overhead instead of across the floor.
5 Simple Ways To Prevent Slipping
- Be open for investing in special work area matting. These special mats are designed so they absorb any spillage that way keeping the workers who stand on them safe from slipping.
- In order to reduce the chances of leakage, regularly service any machinery. A- good idea would be to add containers to capture any condensation and spills.
- At all entrance areas water absorbent floor mats should be used because they are designed to handle large volumes of traffic and can be easily laundered and replaced by your supply company.
- Wet umbrellas and overcoats should be kept in specially designated areas. By keeping them close to the entrance, you minimize the chances of the wet areas being created.
- Easy access to cleaning-up equipment is advisable. These include mops, cloths, absorbent paper for oil substances, and portable ‘Caution’ signs.
It is clear that even if you follow all the steps listed, you still wouldn’t be able to completely eliminate the risks of your employees slipping and tripping at their workplace.
Accidents will happen even in the safest environment for work, as it is not possible to deal with all the scenarios in which an accident can take place.
Still, if you want to do even more than what is suggested in the list above, you should consider making changes to working procedures that will result in even more safety for your workers. Keep in mind that this is not a simple task. It is time consuming and you will probably have to put one of your workers in charge of keeping track of the progress and monitor the execution instead of you.
In its variety of products for companies, Alsco offers a selection of safety mats which are found to be very helpful. If you strategically place them in areas of the building where they are most necessary, these mats will prevent accident and protect flooring at the same time.