Mar 21, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Recently, there have been an unusually high number of accidents reported due to slips and falls.  This not only contributes significantly to lost time injuries, but also pain, suffering, and sometimes, even death.

In most cases, I believe this does not need to happen.  If we can understand how and where falls happen, we can identify the trouble areas.  We can then not only minimize the hazards, but eliminate them as well.

Statistics show that more than 60% of falls happen on the same level; less than 40% are from heights, such as ladders, roofs, etc.  Slips usually happen on wet or oily surfaces, spills or weather hazards.

Good housekeeping is the first and most important factor in preventing falls.   Make sure that anything spilled is cleaned up immediately; then, mark the wet areas.

It’s also important to keep walkways free from clutter.  Working areas should be well lit by replacing used light bulbs and faulty switches.

Safety is everyone’s business.  It is the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe work environment for all employees.

However, as employees, you can improve your safety as well by taking your time and paying attention to where you are going.

Make sure there is sufficient light for the task you are performing and use a flashlight before you enter a dark room.

Loss of productivity is often an unfortunate side effect from falls.

On average, workers who are injured as a result of a fall spend more days away from work than those who are injured as a result of other causes.

Slips and falls are the leading cause of death in the workplace and the cause of more than 20% of all disabling injuries.

Taking the time to be more careful will provide a safer and healthier workplace for everyone if we can just recognize the hazards and eliminate them.

We now have unshaken conviction that accident causes are man-made and that a man-made problem can be solved by men and women.

W.H. Cameron