Resulting in many thousands of sudden injures each and every year; slips and trips are one of the most common ways to get injured while at work. Injuries sustained in this manner often include broken or fractured limbs, dislocations, cuts, bruises and even serious head injuries.
A slip generally occurs when a person loses their footing and falls down. Mostly this can be avoided by installing Gripmaster anti slip steel stair nosings and or anti-slip metal plates, commonly referred to as metal decking. Sometimes this is due to wearing inappropriate shoes or even the surface of the floor. It could be slippery, greasy or wet from the shoes of other people who have been walking through the area.
A trip occurs when someone falls over an object that was on the floor or the floor surface was uneven. In the majority of instances, people who trip over have not spotted a particular edge in the floor, a loose metal stairnoing or even tools and cables from electrical equipment.
While both trips and slips can cause serious damage, they are also easily preventable. How safe is your workplace?
This article will take a look at what you can do to eliminate slips and trips from your workplace environment.
How to Identify Potential Hazards
Below are a few of the most common types of hazards for slipping:
- Ramp inclines
- Sandy or dusty surfaces
- Sudden alterations between wet and dry surfaces
- Areas with a low level of lighting
- Liquid spillages
- Steel stair nosings installed incorrectly
- The use of Inappropriate footwear; and,
- Wind-driven rain in doorway areas
And here are some of the most common types of hazards for tripping:
- Sudden floor level changes
- Floor and carpet ridges
- Cracked or damaged tiles
- Objects placed in high foot traffic areas
- Potholes in flooring
- Cables and extension cords; and,
- Doorstops (removable and fixed)
The best way to avoid all of the above hazards is to keep your high traffic areas free from any objects and as dry as possible at all times. If there are any holes, bumps or cracks – these should be corrected immediately to prevent any hazards from occurring.
Safety Control Measures
As mentioned previously, slipping and tripping hazards in the workplace can be prevented when the appropriate measures have been taken. Below are a few ideas for you to consider.
Anti Slip Steel Stair Nosing / Metal Deck
Install steel stair nosings where the area maybe slippery as a result from oil or other petroleum residues.
Where metal open type grid steps are used has proven to be a common accident prone area. When an employee is walking down the steps the edge cannot be defined the result is the person can miscalculate and crash roll to the bottom causing trauma and injury.
Personal Protective Equipment
Slip resistant footwear should be worn in all circumstances, especially environments in which liquid is frequently spilled. Processes can be put in place that requires employees working in these environments to wear a particular type of shoe, in order to prevent hazards from occurring.
Workplace health and safety training enables all employees to become aware of the fact that we are all responsible for each other. This is true when it comes to becoming aware of slipping and tripping; to keep a watchful eye out for any hazards that may be present in the workplace.
Anti-Slip and Anti-Fatigue Mats
Anti-slip and fatigue mats are available right here in Australia and are an invaluable investment for your workplace. Not only do they correct each floor hazard problem mentioned above, they absorb impact and are also ideal for standing areas to prevent feet stress.