One of the most common ways your employees may be injured on the job is by slipping and falling as they carry out their daily tasks. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to reduce the likelihood of such incidents, even if you can't eliminate the risk entirely.
The following steps will go a long way toward preventing slip-and-fall accidents on your industrial property:
1) Keep the ground clear — especially in high-traffic areas
First and foremost, the obvious thing to do when you're trying to get rid of slipping and tripping hazards is to keep items off the ground, according to CertifyMe.net. When someone spots anything lying on the floor, around the loading dock or anywhere else, they should take it upon themselves to put it where it belongs instead.
2) Make sure lighting is adequate
Most of the time, even if there is something in a worker's path, they'll be able to see it and move around it, but that's not going to be the case in darker parts of your site, CertifyMe.net added. For that reason, make sure you've installed lights so every square inch of your facility is highly visible, and get proactive about replacing burned-out bulbs.
3) Cover the cables and cords
Of course, there are some things on the floor in your facility you can't move, including cords and cables running over long stretches of the ground, according to SOS Technologies. Since you can't move them, you have to do the next-best thing and cover them with mats or other items specifically designed to reduce tripping hazards.
4) Make sure rugs, mats and more don't move
As you're putting down these coverings, it's also important to make sure they are not going to shift, SOS Technologies noted. Safety mats or rugs can increase traction, but if a corner starts to come up, or the material is not properly anchored to the floor, they introduce a different (potentially diminished) tripping hazard that your workers have to account for.
5) Be careful of highly polished floor surfaces
Within your facility, you may have a number of different floor surfaces, and those that are highly polished can pose a real hazard, especially when they get wet, SOS Technologies further advised. As such, it's vital for workers to know which surfaces are higher-risk and for proper signage to be put out when they are more dangerous than normal.
6) Require the right footwear
Workers should not be coming to your warehouse with improper footwear like soft sneakers, sandals or anything else that isn't effectively protective, according to Reliable Plant. Instead, they should be required to wear heavy-duty work shoes or boots that have plenty of tread and heft.
7) Train employees for these risks
In much the same way you train employees for other job-related risks, slip-and-fall hazards are also something you should discuss, Reliable Plant cautioned. Knowing how these risks can crop up and the best practices to avoid them is critical.
8) Look beyond the warehouse itself
Finally, your duty to your employees' safety doesn't begin or end at the door of your warehouse, Reliable Plant said. You should also make sure all these hazards in the parking lot and elsewhere on the property are handled adequately.