In many workplaces, the floor is the most dangerous area. “Slips, trips, and falls” or “slip and fall” injuries account for almost 30% of all workers’ compensation claims in the US (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 report).
So how can you create a safer work environment for yourself and your coworkers? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you seek to maintain a safe workplace:
1. Keep hallways and walkways clean and clutter free.
One of the main ways you can help yourself and others avoid slip and fall accidents is to eliminate obstacles in hallways, walkways, and any other high-traffic area. Keep cords and cables covered and contained to reduce the risk of someone tripping on them. Clean up spills immediately, even if you weren’t the one who caused the spill.
2. Close cabinet doors and drawers.
Close desk and cabinet doors and drawers when not in use to reduce the risk of someone unexpectedly running into them. Keeping your workspace clear and free of obstacles will go a long way in reducing workplace injuries.
3. Wear the right shoes and walk carefully.
Invest in good-quality non-slip work shoes that support your feet well and reduce your chances of slipping. Additionally, walk carefully and be alert to your surroundings, even if you are in a hurry. Taking an extra few seconds to move safely in your workspace can make all the difference in staying safe or suffering a slip and fall injury.
These are just a few ways you can help reduce slip, trip, and fall injuries in the workplace. If you or someone you know has suffered from a slip and fall injury while on the job, contact Attorney Richard Smith at (864) 236-5530 for a free consultation. Richard Smith handles workers’ compensation claims and is ready to help you with yours today.
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