Falls in the workplace could be more common than you realize. With many professions, being on your feet and moving at a fast pace is incredibly common, but this leaves room for error when moving. There could be hazards on the floor such as spills or items that cause a person to slip, trip and fall, resulting in potential injury that leaves them out of work and an employer susceptible to paying workers compensation.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that the workers who are most susceptible to falling in the workplace are employees in the healthcare support, maintenance, material moving and construction industries. Workers in these fields should be making safety a top priority to help reduce the number of falls on their watch.
Safety and Health Magazine recommends installing anti-fatigue mats to help combat falls at work. When people are moving at a fast pace, it can be easy for them to lose their grip while walking and slip. However, anti-fatigue provide extra traction, which can help people even if there is an uncleaned spill on the floor. Also train your employees to address a hazard as soon as they see it, and if they’re unable to clean up a spill in time, at least placing a warning sign.
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