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Preventing Falls

Pomerene Marketing - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
As the air grows increasingly crisp and cool we know that the fall season is here. While we can’t prevent the weather changing around us we can implement fall safety programs. The U.S. Department of Labor indicates that falls, slips and trips make up the majority of general industrial accidents. These incidents account for 15% of all accidental deaths per year and about 25% of all reported injury claims per fiscal year. Furthermore they account for 65% of all work days lost.

With numbers like those above, it’s easy to see why prevention is in a company’s best interest to work on reducing the falls risk.Below are some practical advice on creating a safer working environment.

Slippery Surfaces

Industrial environments typically have surfaces that are slippery when wet. Some of these environments include:

  • Parking lots
  • Sidewalks
  • Cement floors

These surfaces are impacted with the changing weather including the white stuff falling from the sky. Strategies should be implemented to reduce the risk including:

  • Keeping parking lots and sidewalks in good repair and clean.
  • Using adhesive striping or anti-skid paint.
  • Keeping absorbent mats at entry ways with backings that are non-slip.

Adequate Lighting

Poor lighting is associated with an increase in accidents. With the change in seasons we also are burdened with less sunlight.

  • Keep light switches unobstructed.
  • Repair any missing or damaged lighting.
  • Keep poorly lit areas clutter free.

Avoid Obstacles in Walkways

Tripping hazards occur often due to clutter gathering in work areas.

  • Have designated walkways and aisles.
  • Avoid cords, cables or air hoses in walkways or designated aisles.
  • Conduct periodic inspections of areas and counsel those not adhering to safe practices.

The fall season is not always a change in the weather, but with diligent precautions and safety practices we can do our best to minimize the impact of falls in the workplace.


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