Slips, trips, and falls are a major accident type in most industries, they account for 10% to 30% of injuries to employees and the general public. These have an average cost from $2,500 up to $12,000 and are the third leading cause of accidental deaths. Slips, trips, and falls can occur on flat walking surfaces and also on ramps and stairways. The main hazards that contribute to these accidents are slippery surfaces; holes or broken surfaces, inadequate clean up of spills or mud, ice and water during inclement weather. Falls are often a result of the combination of unsafe conditions and unsafe acts. Personal factors also contribute to slip trip and fall accidents, such as age, illness, fatigue, inattention and poor vision. Here are a few things that could help you and your business reduce the risk of slip, trip, and fall accidents.
- Floors – Floor materials and surfaces can contribute to these types of accidents for employees and the general public, proper choice of flooring materials, flooring finishes, mats or rugs, tapes, grooving and keeping the floor clean can all help prevent these accidents.
- Evaluation – Hazards include: slippery surfaces, broken surfaces, holes, poor drainage areas, inadequate clean up, or mud, ice and water being tracked in. Locate the major walkway areas where things such as these can be an issue, such as building entrances, loading platforms and areas where floor level changes due to steps or ramps.
- Aisles, Walkways – Aisles should be wide enough for employees and workers to pass through freely while handling materials and allow for safe passage of equipment, these should also be kept free of obstructions and clutter and have dry slip resistant flooring.