Slip, trip, and fall accidents account for a large number of accidents in the workplace every year. And while in some cases, these might be caused by employee negligence or inattention, in others, these cases could have been easily prevented by taking the proper security measures. Thankfully, with proper risk assessment and by implementing the right adjustments, you can create a much safer workplace and reduce those risks. Let’s look at what you can do to reduce fall hazards in the workplace.
The best way to reduce fall risks is by making sure that they aren’t built into the design in the workplace. Prevention through design is the principle through which various hazards are identified in the design phase and when introducing new processes.
Evaluating safety measures from the earliest stages ensures maximum safety for your workers. It has to start in the construction phase and be carried on into operations and continuous maintenance. This means making sure that things like guardrails are part of the design and that the work floor remains as safe as possible. Embedding safety into the design will cost less than having to make adjustments later on, adjustments that might be made even more difficult due to design limitations.
Making sure that walking areas inside and outside the workplace are properly lit will reduce the chances of slip and falls as well. By adding spotlights and illuminated steps in important areas that are prone to slips, you’ll reduce the chances of falls not only for your employees but for customers as well.
While protective gear is essential – and even mandatory in some cases – you shouldn’t cut corners and focus on equipment too much. Work on applying measures that will protect your employees whether they’re wearing equipment or not. Research has shown that employees often neglect protective equipment, which can still expose them to risk. That’s why you should focus more on controls like fall protection equipment instead that will work whether your employees are using PPE or not.
Make sure that the floor is in pristine condition, whether it’s inside the workshop or not. Check for any holes or cracks in the outside pavement or the building flooring. Make sure that you add non-slip rugs in areas that might get slippery. Also, make sure that there’s non-slip padding beneath them to prevent them from slipping away as well.
And if there are spills, make sure that there is a clear contingency plan and that your employees know it. Make sure that your spill cleaning supplies are clearly marked and easy to access. Have plenty of warning signs to protect workers in case of spills as well.
Reducing fall hazards is essential if you care about the safety and wellbeing of your employees. Make sure that you apply the measures in this article if you want to remain compliant and reduce the chance of accidents.