An employee when walking into work tripped on uneven/loose bricks, causing the employee to fall and receive treatment beyond first-aid.
A slip-and-fall accident is one of the leading causes of unintentional injury and death in the United States. Preventing slips and falls is a serious issue for all organizations and a concern that should be addressed for employees, members and guests of all ages and abilities. The following guidelines play an important role in developing a comprehensive slip-and-fall prevention program:
- Identify Risk areas and conduct routine maintenance
Common Risk Areas include:
- Sidewalks, curbs, and walkways
- Carpeted floors
- Entrances and exits
- Tile, wood, and linoleum floors
- Stairwells and steps
- Poor Lighting
- Snow and ice — Clear snow and ice from walkways, parking lots, emergency exits, and outdoor staircases as soon as possible.
- Rain — Keep entryways, hallways, and floors dry and alert people to potentially slippery surfaces in the event of rain.
- Good housekeeping policies and procedures implemented.
- Develop written protocol that addresses routine maintenance as well as emergency housekeeping requirements.
Factors to consider at your site or on your project include the following:
- Keep eyes on path and be mindful of seasonal changes and regular wear and tear that could potentially deteriorate the conditions of outdoor sidewalks, curbs, and
- Report any unsafe conditions observed in your work areas which could include, but not limiting to loose bricks, uneven surfaces, and/or slippery conditions immediately. Pro-active reporting could not only help identify high risk areas but could also help in preventing injuries.
Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities and think about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.