Safeguard Against Slips and Falls this Springplanning ahead // on Thursday April 28, 2016
Winter may be long gone, but slipping hazards don’t melt away with snow and ice, unfortunately. Spring showers – and indoor spills – can bring claims from slips and falls. In fact, slips and falls are the number one cause of injury and liability losses at organizations.
Protect your organization’s employees, members and visitors from slips and falls by being especially mindful of wet surfaces. Reduce risk with these precautions:
Stock up on mops, buckets, warning cones or signs, fans, and floor mats, and store them in easily accessible spots so they are ready to use.
Train employees and volunteers to clean up puddles and spills immediately, place caution signs in visible areas to warn visitors of wet surfaces and replace floor mats when they are fully saturated.
Direct downspouts and sprinklers away from walkways. This is especially important in early spring, when low temperatures at night can cause re-freezing.
Clear foliage, rocks, gravel, mud and sand from parking lots and sidewalks. Debris can become a slipping hazard when wet (and can also be dangerous when not wet).
Repair holes and cracks on walkways. They’re not only tripping hazards, but they also collect slippery materials.
Increase traction and absorb extra moisture by placing sturdy mats and runners at entrances, in food-prep areas and under water fixtures like drinking fountains. They’re especially effective on hard floor surfaces like tile, which can be especially slippery when wet. Make sure all mats lay flat, are in good condition and have a slip-resistant backing. (When in doubt, secure them with anti-slip tape.)
Preventing and responding to wet surfaces is a smart way to prevent slips and falls, but it’s not the only way. Check out this infographic for other prevention tips and learn how spring maintenance of parking lots can make a big difference.