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How to Prevent Slips, Falls, and Trips in the Workplace

One of the biggest hazards that exists in the workplace is people slipping, tripping, or falling. When an injury occurs due to one of these issues, it can mean lost time for the employee and the employer as they recover. If it happens to be a customer that slips, trips, or falls, this could be an expensive payment for the business.

Thankfully, slips, trips, and falls are some of the easiest accidents to prevent. By following some of the tips below, your company may be able to reduce the amount of injuries that occur because of tripping, slipping, or falling.

Ensure that Spills Are Cleaned up Immediately

Wet floors are a major hazard in the workplace, and spills can happen at any time to anyone. People always tend to be carrying around a water bottle to stay hydrated during the day or coffee to give them that extra pep they need to get them going. Any of these can turn into a hazard.

If they get spilled, taking care of them as soon as possible is the best way to prevent others from slipping on the mess. If possible, putting up a warning sign, such as a yellow hazard sign, could also help prevent people from slipping on the floor that is wet from a spill or drying from the mop that was used to clean it up.

Keep Walkways and Hallways Clear

Many things can turn into a tripping hazard, including office furniture, stacks of paper, cords, or rugs. To ensure that people don’t trip and fall over these things, remove them from walkways or hallways that are used often. This should help reduce the chances of someone getting their toe caught on these elements and going down.

Another way to prevent injuries and people tripping over hazards are to make sure that drawers are closed after a person has gotten what they need out of it. Both file cabinets and desks are equipped with this storage, and it can turn into a major hazard if someone doesn’t know that they are open. Practicing safe habits will ensure that employees and customers stay safe while in the office.

Keep the Office Clean

Keeping the office clean and clutter free is the best way to prevent slips, trips, and falls from happening. During the day, employees should practice safe habits to keep the area free from hazards. If you have an onsite custodial crew, they can assist in keeping areas clean and getting spills taken care of immediately. If your crew doesn’t come until after hours, they can still do their part to ensure that walkways are clear and floors are free from trip hazards and wetness that could cause a person to fall.

If you’re looking for a crew to help keep your office clean not only from slip, trip, and fall hazards but also looking amazing, get in touch with Zia Building Maintenance. We can help you with all of your cleaning wants and needs and help keep your building safe.