The winter is a popular time for slips and falls, because people are at risk for slipping on ice outside and tracking in excess moisture once they enter a building. While having an entrance mat can help provide traction and sop up any moisture from the snow and ice outside, it’s important for building managers to remain vigilant in preventing injuries inside their building.
Safety and Health Magazine reports the winter is always a hazardous time for worker safety, so it’s important to take precautions to stay healthy all year round. The news provider reports it’s common for heavily trafficked areas to experience a buildup of snow and ice. In addition to having an entrance mat to help absorb some of the excess moisture, consider keeping a wet floor sign at the front so people are aware as soon as they enter.
It’s imperative for managers to make safety a top concern. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls in the workplace can lead to a drop in productivity, an increase in workers’ compensation and overall insurance rates, and unexpected costs for training a replacement worker, should someone have to take a leave of absence for his or her injury.
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