1. Clean up spills immediately, and use proper signage on wet floors
2. Keep all drawers closed and loose cords taped down
3. Ensure good lighting and replace any dead bulbs
4. Keep walkways clear and unobstructed
5. Repair worn or uneven floors
6. Anchor all rugs, mats and carpet
7. Plan for inclement weather and clear snow from the job site
Encourage employees to walk at a reasonable pace, pay attention to their surroundings and wear the proper footwear for your work environment. Provide work lights or ask employees carry flashlights when working in areas with low visibility.
The most common trip and slip hazards include loose cords, uneven or irregular walkways, open cabinet drawers and unanchored rugs. Poor lighting, ice or snow, spills and damaged floors can also create job-site hazards.
Create a safer workplace and reduce OSHA tripping hazards by:
Employer assessments of slip, trip and fall hazards in the workplace should be documented with a written certification. In the case that PPE is required, it is the employer’s responsibility to see that personnel are outfitted accordingly.
Construction workers are at the greatest risk for falls on the job, but thousands of fall injuries occur each year in warehouses, offices and education facilities. Falls can happen anywhere, so practice fall safety in your workplace and assess potential hazards. Make sure workplace hazards are documented, the right PPE is provided and employees are properly trained to use equipment.
Encourage workplace safety and:
1. United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health, “Walking-Working Surfaces 1910.22”. 2016.