Slips, trips and falls are among the greatest workers’ compensation and general liability exposures. Two of the most common causes for slips and falls are slippery and uneven walking surfaces. It is important to take the time to evaluate every area of your facility and find where these risks could arise, specifically high-traffic areas.
Best practices for high-traffic areas:
1. Stairs should be in good condition, of equal height and well lit. Stairs with three or more steps should be equipped with a handrail.
2. Curbs should be highlighted to warn of the height change.
3. Exterior lighting should be checked to make sure it is adequate and frequently inspected for malfunctioning fixtures.
4. Lot surfaces should be in good condition, free of holes and other obstructions.
5. A self-inspection program to identify hazards and assure repairs are made promptly should be implemented and documented.
6. Downspouts that empty onto walkways should be redirected to avoid slip hazards.
7. Floor spills should never be left unattended and should be cleaned immediately with a posted “Caution – Wet Floor” sign.
8. An oil-absorbing material should be available for oil spills.
9. All entrances should have mats or rugs to keep floors clean and dry.
10. Entrances, aisles and hallways should be free of obstructions.
Authors & Contributors: Chris Decker