OSHA revealed the most cited violations each year at the NSC Congress and Expo. Topping the list once again in 2019, with a staggering 6,010 violations, was fall protection. The count is nearly double that of the second most cited violated (Hazard Communication) at 3,761 violations. While often slips and fall are minor occurrences, too often a serious injury occurs.
The importance of workplace safety cannot be overstated. Fortunately, there are several preventative steps to take help your workforce stay safe and healthy. Here are three ways to prevent slips, trips and falls in your workplace.
1. Proper footwear
Insufficient footwear is the cause of most occupational slips, trips and falls. As a result, ensure your employees wear proper, durable and comfortable footwear at all times. Wearing appropriate footwear, whether rubber waders or steel-toed boots, can protect your employees against obstacles or other harmful agents. Make sure your footwear's soles have a deep tread to help prevent slipping and sliding on wet surfaces.
No matter the job, it is vital to examine the flooring. Checking for an ill-fitted or uneven walking surface is a surefire way to ensure tripping and slipping prevention. When working in a wet environment, non-slip surfaces such as mats or false floors should be utilized. Proper drainage is necessary as well. Caution and warning signs are also useful tools to ensure safety.
What's around you? What might cause a slip, trip or fall? Checking your environment is important when ensuring your workforce remains accident-free. Factors as bright or weak lighting or stormy weather may be something to consider. If you see something problematic, take care of it. For example, if you see a protruding piece of rebar, make sure to cap it. If there is a hole in the ground, securely cover it. Guardrail needed? Install one.
Ensuring your employees have a safe workspace requires work up front, but the saving related to time and productivity are worth your investment. At Examinetics, we want to encourage you to stay safe by taking protective action to keep your workforce healthy and safe.
This is business-to-business information intended for EHS (environmental health and safety) professionals and not intended for the final consumer. Companies should check the local regulatory status of any claim according to their individual needs, requirements and intended use.