Beware your step concept;man slipping on wet floor

Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of general workplace accidents resulting in everything from minor bruises to severe injuries. According to The Interstate, they also are often reported as the most common causes of workers' compensation claims.

But, these slips, trips and falls can often be attributed to carelessness, meaning most of these accidents are preventable.

There are ways a business can manage its environment to lower the risk of injury to both employees and customers, starting with keeping all walkways clear of clutter.

Proper lighting (both inside and out) is also key. By installing proper lighting (such as spotlights or illuminated steps), employers can reduce the chance that someone slipping or falling because of an unseen hazard. Clear, well-placed signage can also call attention to potential problem areas.

Other important prevention tools are:
•    Handrails in stairways
•    Task-appropriate footwear for employees
•    Step stools in appropriate locations
•    Well-managed power cords
•    Well maintained floors and outdoor
•    Non-skid matts or rugs on slippery surfaces
•    Timely cleanup of spills

It’s important to review a workplace environment regularly to head off potential issues.

The National Safety Council (NSC) offers various types of fall prevention training, including kits for supervisors, facilitators and participants. In person, customized and online classes are also available.

The NSC training includes guidance on:
• Selecting appropriate footwear
• Recognize and preventing slip, trip and fall hazards
• Identifying risk factors for slips, trips and falls and working from heights
• Identifying and implementing controls related to slips, trips and falls