Thursday, September 3, 2015

Q & A with Reliable Paper: How to minimize slips and falls in the workplace?

Our customer Eric, asks Brick the following:

"How can our business prevent slips and falls by our employees and customers?"
   - Eric

His answer:

"Improving floor safety protocols can recoup big dollars for businesses since slips, trips and falls account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. In the workplace, the average cost from slip and falls is $22,800 per accident and the average workers compensation claim is $19,000.

These numbers often account for medical costs alone, a hefty fine for an accident that could have been prevented. If an employee has an accident, managers must also factor in potential replacement workers, the salary of the unemployed staff member, restricted duty for that person, etc.

Wet or damp floors are a common cause of slips and falls. When cleaning the floors during business hours, make sure you place safety signs and cones around the area being cleaned. Also, use proper floor mats outside the building to prevent rain and snow from being tracked in, and properly placed indoor floor mats can help with slips as well. Properly cleaning floors can prevent slips as well. Some floor finishes contain oil which reduce friction and make the floor less safe to walk on. Slip-resistant strips on steps and stairs can help prevent slips on stairs which can be particularly dangerous and proper lighting in your business helps too."
   - Brick

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