Tips To Prevent Dangerous Slips And Falls At Your Business

Safety precautions at your business, including slip and fall prevention, protect employees and visitors. Add these tips to your safety checklist as you prevent slip and fall hazards year round.

Exterior
  • Improve drainage. Reduce areas of standing water around the exterior of your property.
  • Secure and clean gutters and downspouts. This tip prevents slippery surfaces on sidewalks, walkways and entrances around the building.
  • Fix uneven parking lot surfaces and sidewalks, including potholes, cracks and bumps.
  • Paint obstacles like speed bumps with bright paint.
Interior
  • Design walkways to accommodate foot traffic. Entrances, hallways and walkways that are too narrow make walking difficult and can cause slips and falls.
  • Place absorbent mats at entryways. Reduce wet flooring as people come into your building during wet outdoor conditions.
  • Install nonslip flooring. Carpeting, mats and nonslip tread reduce slip and fall hazards, especially in entryways, on stairs or near wet workstations. For larger areas, consider slip retardant tile or other nonslip flooring options.
  • Repair flooring. Inspect the floors regularly and repair or replace torn carpet, loose rugs, missing floor tiles, and other broken, loose or missing floor materials that cause slip and fall hazards.
  • Erect handrails. Every ramp, stairway and set of stairs should have sturdy handrails that are securely fastened and meet your local building codes.
  • Remove obstacles such as ladders, boxes and other items. They clutter walkways and increase the risk of slips and falls.
  • Post warning signs. At locations where the types of flooring change, post warnings so employees and guests can prepare for the different texture.
  • Secure cords and cables. They should not stretch across walkways or be placed along walls where someone can trip on them.
Lighting
  • Maintain adequate lighting. Illuminate stairways, walkways, parking lots, sidewalks, basements, and docking areas.
  • Turn lights on when you enter the room.
  • Repair broken fixtures as soon as possible.
Clean Up
  • Create spill cleanup stations. Store mops, rags and other essential supplies on each floor so you’re prepared to clean up spills right away.
  • Clean spills immediately. After thoroughly removing any liquids, place a caution sign at the wet spot until the floor dries completely.
Training
  • Remind employees to pay attention. Safety starts with employees who notice where they’re walking and avoid obstacles
  • Encourage hazard reporting. All of your employees should know how to report potential slip and fall hazards they see around the property.
  • Inspect your property regularly. Identify potential slip and fall hazards, and fix them immediately.
These tips can help your business prevent slips and falls. Additionally, talk to your insurance agent. Your general liability policy can cover slips and falls, but your agent can offer tips that help you address hazards and protect your employees and guests.
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