Preventing Falls in the Workplace
Who’s at risk?
If you walk, you're at risk. Slips, trips, and falls happen in every workplace, from corporate environments to manufacturing plants. However, most fall-related injuries happen in the service industry – and most fall-related deaths occur on construction sites.
Follow these tips to avoid serious injury from a fall:
- Keep all aisles, stairs and walkways free of clutter.
- Open cabinet drawers are a tripping hazard; keep them closed when you're not using them.
- Turn on the lights before you enter a room. And report any burned-out bulbs to housekeeping as soon as possible.
- Always use handrails on the stairs, and take one step at a time.
- Broken stairs or loose stair coverings? Report them right away!
- Make wide turns around corners, so you can see who's coming.
- If you spot a spill, clean it up or report it immediately.
- Stay away from shortcuts. The route less traveled may be less safe!
- Don't overload – take only what you can carry comfortably, and make sure you can see over it.
- When walking on a wet or slippery surface, slow down, take small steps, and keep a hand free for balance.
- Make sure chains, guardrails, or warning tapes are in place around elevated areas.
- Keep all harnesses and other fall protection equipment in working order, and use them correctly.
- Wear the right shoes for the job, and keep the soles clean for better traction.
Content used with permission from the National Safety Council, a membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.
For more information or to discuss healthy living concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 08/11/2008