Making Workplaces Less Prone to Slips, Trips and Falls

Injured construction worker who just fell from a ladder on a construction job

Slips, trips and falls are amongst the most common types of workplace (and residential) hazards, resulting in thousands of cases of injuries every year. Whilst they often lead to minor and major injuries, some cases have caused death. The sad is many of these unfortunate accidents are preventable.

That said, it is vital for all workplaces to implement policies that address the potential of such incidents taking place. Amco.net.au cites some of the most effective ones.

Developing an effective safety program at the workplace

Sometimes, it is not enough to simply make “recommendations” on safety practices in a work environment. Many people tend to be lax on such issues until it is too late and an accident has already taken place. As such, it is important that your organisation enforces such safety regulations, rather than giving employees a choice on whether or not to carry them out.

For instance, instead of just putting up warning signs or notes to “beware of slip-, trip- and fall-prone areas,” you should actively address the risks and place industrial rubber mats on such areas. This way, you can minimise the possibility of them happening despite safety lax in employees.

Paying more attention to and red-flagging accident-prone areas

Most people know what causes slips, trips and falls, but they still happen because of lack of safety precautions, particularly in and around the areas they are most likely to happen.

Whilst all workplaces should have these safety rules and regulations, there are some industries (think food and beverage, pharmaceutical, laboratories, and many others where liquids play major roles) that require them more. Business owners and organisation leaders should prioritise any area where these incidents can occur and boost safety precautions to avoid injuries and fatalities.