OSHA Tips to Avoid Slips, Trips and Falls
The only good thing about slips, trips, and falls in a warehouse setting is they’re fully preventable. OSHA shares plenty of advice to help employers and employees avoid these types of accidents, including the following.
- Make sure blood and grease are cleaned up promptly.
- Cover wet floors with non-slip surfaces.
- Wear slip-resistant footwear.
- Clear obstructions and tripping hazards from aisles and passageways.
- Prior to accessing aisles, make sure they’re wide enough for the planned use.
- Install proper handrails on stairways, maintain treads and risers and make sure treads are equipped with a slip-resistant surface.
- Confirm all elevated storage and work surfaces are equipped with guardrails, toeboards and have a permanent means of access.
- Verify that every floor drain on the premises is covered by a grate.
- Regularly inspect all ladders to make sure they’re in good condition, and contain equally-spaced rungs and non-slip safety feet.
Provide proper training on safe ways to use ladders.
Make Warehouse Safety a Priority
Maintaining a safe and healthy workplace is a group effort. Preventing trips, slips and falls starts with employers, as they’re responsible for creating worksite-specific safety standards, as well as providing proper training and equipment. However, employees also play a huge role. If they don’t follow the rules, they’re at a greater risk of tripping, slipping or falling, and their behavior can also put their colleagues in danger.
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