Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents in the Workplace
http://www.durabakdepot.com/| Slip and fall accidents are a very common occurence in most workplace injuries, these can be serious or even fatal. Prevention of these kinds of incidents is vital, non-slip paint is a great way to decrease the likelihood of misfortunate occasions such as these.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents in the Workplace
The statistics are shocking: slip and fall accidents represent over one million workplace
injuries that lead to emergency room visits each year, and account for 15 percent of all
fatalities, second only to vehicular accidents. Out of the 4,405 work-related fatalities two
years ago, 668 were attributed to falls.1
The same year, there were 1,153,980 workplace injuries leading to missed work, 230,000
of which were due to slipping and falling. The problem costs American employers $20
billion annually, with most accidents leading to injuries of the shoulders, back, elbows,
wrists, or knees. How can you stop this dreaded disaster in your workplace? Here are the
leading causes of slip and fall accidents, along with recommendations from OSHA and
the Department of Labor for preventing them.
Preventing Floor Contamination Slip and Fall Accidents
Spills are the most common cause of slip and fall accidents, including floor
contamination from water, oil, and other liquids.2 Weather-related floor contamination,
such as tracked-in rainwater, ice, and snow, also ranks high on the list. It's important to
establish a strict schedule for the housekeeping staff to identify and address these issues
immediately to avoid accidents. These procedures are recommended:
● Install non-slip flooring or treat surfaces with non-slip coating.
● Allow adequate drainage for areas prone to gathering water or liquids.
● Establish a procedure for employees to alert housekeeping when spills or
● Impose rigid schedules for housekeeping to inspect and clean floors, especially in
areas prone to tracking in from the outdoors or spills.
● Create procedures for inclement weather days to address wet or icy floors quickly
● Establish a policy for housekeeping to promptly remove "Wet Floor" signs when
the floor is dry, because workers get used to seeing these signs in areas where the
floor is clean and safe, and learn to ignore them.
● Repair damaged flooring immediately.
Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents Due to Lack of Training
Training is another excellent way to prevent slip and fall accidents. Train workers on
safety procedures, such as three-point contact rules for entering and exiting drivable
equipment and using ladders,3 using safety handrails where applicable, and heeding
warnings like Wet Floor signs. Employees should know how to do their jobs safely, but
also understand how to get around the facility safely.4
Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents Due to Obstacles on Floors
Floor mats and rugs, as well as obstacles like power cords running across walkways, are
another significant contributing factor in slip and fall accidents in the workplace. Avoid
using rugs and mats when not necessary, and instead coat the floors with non-slip
coating. Rugs and mats tend to roll up, causing people to trip. Install power plugs where
needed so that it isn't necessary to run wires and extension cords across walkways.
Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents Due to Inappropriate Footwear
OSHA and the Department of Labor statistics also indicate that inappropriate footwear is
a leading cause of slip and fall accidents.5 Establish policies for safe and appropriate
footwear, and insist that employees and non-employees alike adhere to these policies.
Many warehouses and factories invite vendors that sell non-slip footwear, work boots,
steel-toed boots, and other safety footwear to set up a kiosk on site where workers and
visitors can buy or rent appropriate shoes before entering the building.
These prevention techniques will help your business avoid lost productivity due to
worker injury, help keep your workers' compensation insurance rates low, and protect
you against lawsuits due to slip and fall accidents in your facilities. Most importantly,
you'll be protecting your most valuable asset of all: your workers.
Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities. However,
the government has studied the problem, and has these great tips to help stop falls.
When it comes to preventing slip and fall accidents, nothing beats a good non-slip
coating. Durabak Depot distributes some of the highest quality non-slip coatings
available. This coating, called Durabak is a one-part, moisture cured, polyurethane
protective coating with unlimited applications. It is tough, totally flexible, slip resistant,
waterproof and easy to apply. Durabak, available in 17 colors, is an outstanding product
that provides a non-slip coating and professional grade finish to do-it-yourself projects.
You can choose the textured version with recycled rubber tire granules or the smooth
version to achieve an exceptional result. Durabak will bond to concrete, wood, fiberglass,
metal and coated surfaces. Durabak will even bond to itself making it easily repairable if
necessary. Just open the can, stir and apply to the prepared surface. Durabak is currently
approved for use on US Navy nuclear air craft carriers. Durabak coatings are in use on
the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the USS Harry S. Truman,
and the USS George Washington.