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3 Examples of Preventing Falls In the Workplace

Falls in the workplace are extremely common. Sometimes, falls occur as an inevitable result of our own human error. In other situations, they're a result of the business failing to provide the safety measures and environment needed to effectively protect their workers. This is why Worker's Compensation and OSHA regulations were developed in the first place.

Every job carries with it inherent risks to health and safety, but there are ways that employers can mitigate these dangers with effective training, environmental modifications, safety gear, and safe practices.

Here are 3 examples of measures that employers within certain industries can take to protect the safety of their workers.

Construction

According to OSHA, falls are the #1 reason for death in construction workplaces. Falls can be even more dangerous when workers are not wearing their fall protection at all or are not wearing it properly. Here are three tips for better construction safety:

  1. Planning Ahead of Time: Is effective fall protection expensive? Yes. But your employees rely on you to keep them safe. When planning a construction job and coming up with the cost of a job, you should be including how much safety gear, equipment, and fall protection will cost.
  2. Provide for Your Workers: If you have people working more than 6 feet above ground, they absolutely need to be provided with safety gear and you should pay for it.
  3. Training: Even if someone says they know how a piece of equipment works, make them take a training class on fall protection gear and equipment. They should also be trained on things like ladders and ladder safety, harnesses, scaffolding and more.

Commercial Kitchens

  1. Use Slip Mats: Specially designed slip mats for commercial kitchens can be used anywhere in the kitchen. However, they should specifically be used in areas where water or liquids can get on the floor, such as near sinks.
  2. Proper Shoes: ALL employees, including waitstaff and dishwashers, should be wearing proper shoes; they should be close-toe, they should be anti-slip, and they should be comfortable.
  3. Keep Floors Dry: If you find that the floors are constantly wet, you need to hire someone that will keep them dry.

Hospitals

We seldom stop to think about the accidents that can happen within a hospital. However, in this fast-paced environment with highly volatile situations happening every day, slips and other accidents are common dangers. Nurses, staff, doctors, and maintenance crew all need to be able to come to work and not worry about falls in the workplace. Here are some tips to protect the safety of hospital staff:

  1. Proper Footwear: This is the easiest way to prevent falls. Proper shoes should be worn by all employees. These shoes should be non-slip, comfortable, and fit well.
  2. Stow Items Safely: Another common reason for a fall in a hospital is that an object acted as an obstacle. All objects, carts, tray tables, and medical equipment should be immediately stowed in the correct location after use. This may include adopting some interior planning to ensure that there are storage closets and cupboards in strategic locations throughout the building.
  3. Proper Lighting: It doesn't matter if it's a public or private area; all main areas in the hospital should have adequate lighting. This can be especially important in stairways and stairwells.
  4. Keep Floors Clean and Dry: Whether you're a doctor performing surgery, working in the cafeteria, or making rounds in the main hallway, you expect the floor to be clean and dry.

Falls that occur in the workplace can create confusing legal situations. It's easy for individuals to be overruled by insurance companies and large corporations, instead of getting the compensation that they deserve for a workplace injury.

Were you involved in an accident in the workplace? You can get a free review of your case when you contact Welmaker today.