According to a recently released report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls, slips, and trips accounted for 23 percent of all sprains, strains and tears reported in the workplace in 2012, which is the number 2 cause of injury. Shockingly, fatal falls, slips, or trips took the lives of 668 workers in 2012, down slightly from 2011. (See http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf)
These injuries carry a steep cost for the employee, family and employer.
Even though the holidays may be behind us, old-man winter is still here in the metro Atlanta and North Georgia area! We can expect more rain and inclement weather over the next few months potentially increasing the chance that a slip, trip or fall may occur. Pilgrim Mat Services has collected 4 key winter safety tips for your business to help prevent slip and fall accidents during this perilous season.
1) Understand that everyone is at risk: According to the National Safety Council, although many people may think the most dangerous places to work are factories and plant floors, plenty of dangers abound in an office setting as well. One of the most common accidents in office settings is falls. Employees are 2.5 times more likely to suffer a disabling fall in an office setting than anywhere else. This is especially true when there is rain, ice, snow, mud or other debris. Carpet and floor mats can help create a slip-resistant surface. Marble or tile can be slippery, especially when wet.
2) Create a good inspection program: Safety and Health Magazine suggests creating a good self-inspection program to maintain floor condition, including one ensuring walkways are free from objects that could cause a slip, trip or fall. But an effective floor- and housecleaning program is important as well. If you are unsure how to create an inspection program, our NFSI-certified Walkway Auditors can consult with you to create one.
3) Reduce the amount of dirt that gets in: A carpeted mat traps dirt as people enter the building and holds its weight in soil, helping keep your facilities clean. Entrance matting should cover 15 to 18 feet of an entrance, preventing 80-90 percent of dirt from entering your facility.
4) Stay vigilant: Ensure all spills are immediately cleaned up. Replace worn, ripped and damaged flooring and place anti-slip flooring in areas that cannot continually be cleaned, such as an entrance.
For more information on how to stay safe and save money, contact the professionals at Pilgrim Mat Services, serving North Georgia with mat rental services, specialty mats, restroom hygiene services and more.