A common hazard for frontline workers is slipping or tripping while conduct work or in transit to a task. Wet floors, power cords, torn carpet, broken concrete or other unnoticed hazards can result in serious injuries including broken bones, head trauma and even death. 

Slips are usually the result of a wet floor not providing sufficient traction for the type shoes being worn. This can be the result of stripper, mop solution, spilled products including oils and floor finish. They can also be the result of ice, rain, snow, mud and other weather related factors. Using the correct shoes or covering is essential to reduce the possibility of an unnecessary slip. Inspecting and anchoring loose rugs and other items not fastened to the floor can go a long ways in providing an easy fix for this hazard. Finally, making note of any floor that appears not to have sufficient traction for safe use. This includes floors that have been repeatedly mopped with solutions that over time build up and become slippery.

Trips are basically like slips but there is usually the result of a hazard that simply should not be there unless clearly marked. Examples include torn/frayed carpet, indentations or breaks in a floor surface, cords/cables left out for someone to trip over. Others include poor lighting or items placed below eye level resulting in bruised ankles at the very least.

Placing wet floor signs and providing sufficient lighting can be a big step in warning people (including staff and visitors) of the potential hazard. Please note the preceding is suggestive only since regulations will vary by government entity. It is highly recommended that reader consult with local SME (subject matter experts) on any safety related topic and use the preceding as a starting point. Go to www.osha.gov for more information or use a search engine for local and state regulations. 

Your comments and questions are always welcome. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…..


Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678.314.2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.