Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common types of workplace accidents that directly impact productivity and leads to high compensation costs. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about 25% of all injuries in the workplace can be traced back to slips, trips, and falls.
The good news is that with just a few precautions, these accidents can almost always be avoided. Here are some solutions that can help you reduce workplace accidents and enhance the safety of your workplace:
1. Safety signs
The yellow, ‘wet floor’ is universally recognized as a safety sign and can come in handy when you’re dealing with a wet floor. Whether you’ve just cleaned up a spill or need to warn employees about the slippery sidewalk, it’s good to keep these signs in stock for use.
Additionally, you might need more permanent signs in areas where there is a known tripping hazard or around equipment that can leak or drip.
2. Traction tape
Slips and falls are usually caused by the loss of traction between the shoe and the floor. Many plants have special shoes designed to prevent falls with extra traction. You can also get new floors with special tiles that offer more friction and grip.
A simple solution is to use non-skid marking tape that can add traction to floors and other slippery surfaces. Just adding a strip of this tape is a good way to increase grip at an economical cost.
3. Spill containment
In case of spills, there should be a robust spill containment plan in place to prevent slips. Some machines leak or overspray which can become a hazard. Adequate preparation and stocking up on spill containment supplies, such as berms and drain covers will help reduce the problem.
4. Process instrumentation
Process instrumentation equipment is designed to enhance worker safety by ensuring machines work within prescribed limits.
However, it can also help reduce slips, trips, and falls too. For instance, pressure gauges can prevent leaks and drips caused by high pressure buildup in machinery. Choosing the right process instrumentation can help you ensure overall safety.
Contact Instruments is a leading OEM manufacturer and supplier of pressure gauges, clipper weight indicators, standpipe gauge, overmolded cables, brass wear rings and other process instrumentation equipment for safety in Canada and the United States. Get in touch with us today for more information about how you can improve the safety of your workplace with our offerings.