Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention

Slips, trips, and falls result in thousands of injuries every year. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, these accidents account for 15 percent of accidental deaths, 25 percent of reported injury claims, and over 95 million lost work days every year. As you can imagine, these accidents can spell big bucks lost due to inefficiency, unemployment, and liability claims.

Wet or damp floors aren’t the only causes of slip, trip, and fall accidents within a commercial establishment. Clutter and improper cleaning can also cause hazards for anyone walking by or working in the area. To prevent slips, trips, and falls, here are a few guidelines that will help make any work environment safe for staff and customers:

Reduce wet or slippery surfaces

Indoor floor control measures should be implemented to include the following: use of non-slip moisture-absorbent mats in entrance areas, putting up “wet floor” signs as necessary, use of anti-skid adhesive tape in stairs and other troublesome areas, and the immediate cleanup of spills.

Implement good housekeeping practices

Safety and good housekeeping go hand in hand. There are three simple steps to creating an effective housekeeping program: plan, purchase high quality floor cleaning equipment, and conduct ongoing and regular training.

It’s ultimately up to the facility manager to plan, stay alert, and pay attention to his facility’s floor conditions. Consult a floor cleaning professional on ways to improve.

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