Tips for avoiding slip, trip and fall accidents

Slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of injury for businesses and workplaces. Employees and other parties on your premises – visitors, customers, vendors, contractors and subcontractors – could be at risk for this type of accident or injury.

It is a common misconception that slip and fall injuries “just happen” and that there is little that can be done to prevent them. Years of experience show that proper slip, trip and fall prevention can help in reducing the number of injuries and in reducing loss costs.

Some major hazards associated with slip, trip and fall injuries include:

  • Slippery surfaces
  • Holes or broken surfaces
  • Uneven walking surfaces
  • Poorly marked and/or poorly lit walkway transitions
  • Poor drainage
  • Spills
  • Slippery conditions due to mud, ice or water during inclement weather

Incorporating best practices and a prevention plan can help reduce the risk of a slip, trip or fall at your business or on your premises.

  • Develop and implement a slip, trip and fall risk control policy.
  • Conduct periodic walkthrough surveys of your premises to help ensure your property and buildings are kept in safe condition.
  • Maintain your property and buildings to reduce potential slip, trip and fall hazards. All flooring surfaces should be well maintained at all times.
  • Practice good housekeeping:
    • Use slip-resistant floor treatments
    • Apply floor treatments to manufacturer’s instructions
    • Use “wet floor” signs to warn of known hazards
    • Mop during times of low traffic
    • Document maintenance procedures
  • Ensure materials used to prevent slips, such as mats, are well maintained.
  • Conduct thorough investigations when a slip, trip or fall accident and/or injury occurs.
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