You’ve probably seen it a dozen times – maybe it’s even happened to you once or twice. You’re carrying tools or supplies or walking while distracted or talking, and end up taking a slip, trip or fall. A trip over a tool that wasn’t put away. A slip on water or greasy floor. A tumble off an unstable ladder. Slip and fall injuries can lead to a variety of pain – physical, emotional, mental and economical. Maybe an employee walks away with a simple bruised shin, or maybe a serious injury occurs. Either way, it’s in the best interest of your employees and your business to prevent injuries.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls cause most workplace accidents, which cause:
- 15% of all accidental deaths per year;
- about 25 % of reported injury claims per year; and
- about 65% of all work days lost per year.
These are some alarming numbers, especially when you see how it translates into lost time and money. Here are three ways you can be proactive – take a stand against slip and fall injuries before it’s too late.
Repair sloped or uneven walking surfaces.
An uneven path is an accident waiting to happen. Even if you post a sign or rope off an area, it’s still a danger to your employees and a risk to your workplace. When you realize that an area, even a low-traffic spot, poses a risk for a trip or a fall, make it a priority to get it fixed. The cost of repairing the area is much less than the cost of paying for injuries, time off and onboarding a temporary replacement employee when one of your workers gets hurt.
Maintain all equipment and supplies
What does an uneven ladder, a mess of cords lying around, and a pile of boxes have in common? The potential for an accident. Anyone, even your best worker, is at risk when equipment, supplies and areas are not cleaned and maintained. Make sure your employees know they are responsible for keeping their tools and workplaces clean and clutter-free. Trips and falls happen most often when something unexpected is in the way.
Train your workers for safety
Educate often! Don’t just assume that, since an employee has been through a training they never needs a refresher. One of the best ways to prevent slips and falls is to make sure your employees are mindful of the risks. Post signs and create a safety manual that everyone has access to, but don’t stop there. Engage your workers. Create conversations about your employees. Make sure they know how to react and respond by role-playing safety situations.
No matter how prepared you are, accidents will happen, especially in a light industrial workplace. Being proactive can help, but when an employee goes out on an injury, don’t let production slow down. Contact TKO Construction Services. We can supply you with highly qualified workers at a moment’s notice.