You might not think that a slip, trip or fall at work is a dangerous workplace accident. And, when compared to falls from height, electrocutions and amputations, the repercussions from such accidents may pale in comparison.
But that does not mean that getting injured in a workplace slip, trip or fall is without consequence. You could face lingering and chronic injuries that make it very difficult to return to your regular job duties. In fact, you could be injured very seriously and never again be able to work in your chosen field.
Of course, the best way to cope with workplace accidents is to avoid them entirely. To that end, below are some tips to keep you safer while on the job.
- Use good housekeeping practices
This goes much farther than just wiping up spills. Your workplace should follow regular housekeeping routines. Each person should be responsible for maintaining the condition of their personal workspace and a maintenance crew should be on site to deal with larger spills or tripping hazards.
- Keep work areas well lit
Stairwells and steps should have proper illumination. Ditto for loading docks, storage areas, halls and other employee areas.
- Reduce slippery surfaces
Both indoor and outdoor areas can be dangerously slippery when wet, so make sure that all spills are promptly contained and that absorbent, nonstick surfaces cover the ground where employees tread.
- Don’t accumulate clutter
Obstacles stacked or strewn on the floor present tripping hazards for workers. Designate storage areas for all equipment and insist it be returned to that space after each use.
If you get hurt while on the job, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.