What You Can Do to Prevent Slips in Your Facility

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What You Can Do to Prevent Slips in Your Facility

Accidents happen. It’s just a part of life. As an employer, ensuring your employees’ safety is partly your responsibility. According to the United States Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls comprise the major part of general industry accidents. These on-site accidents account for 15 percent of annual accidental deaths, 25 percent of reported injury claims, and about 65 percent of all work days lost (more than 95 million lost work days).

These figures are astounding. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent slips in your facility.

#1 Apply safety aisle striping.

Safety line stripes are an effective way of preventing slips in your facility. If an area in your warehouse is typically slick due to water, oil, sawdust, or something else, you can demarcate the area using line striping. These indicators will warn employees and urge them to proceed with caution.

#2 Repair damaged flooring.

Surface imperfections such as cracks in the concrete and loose floor tiles should be immediately addressed to lower the likelihood of injury. If the floor is in good condition but slippery, you may want to consider a different method of cleaning. If the floor has lost its traction, it may be time to refinish or recoat your floors. Lakeside Painting offers a variety of floor refinishing and recoating options including concrete polish finish and epoxy floor coatings.

#3 Establish footwear guidelines.

One-quarter of slip and fall accidents occur because workers are wearing improper footwear. Before setting footwear guidelines, you must first determine what is causing the floor to be slippery. Various tread patterns on shoes are designed for specific conditions. If you have questions about which shoes will match your specific application, a shoe manufacturer should be able to help.

#4 Organize work areas.

Not only does an organized workplace increase productivity, but it also reduces the likelihood of slipping. Remove machinery that is no longer in use from the facility. All walkways should be clear of obstructions and clean up any spills immediately.

#5 Create and maintain proper lighting.

Accidents occur more regularly in poorly lit workplaces. Good illumination in walkways, staircases, hallways, construction areas, and more is essential to preventing slips in your facility. Ensure that light switches can be easily accessed, and remind employees to turn on lights when entering a darkened room.

Additionally, the highly reflective quality of polished concrete floors can help you amplify existing natural light. Not only will this help to prevent slipping, but it will also help to lower your electric bill. Double win.

How can we help?

While you may not think that a paint company can help you prevent slips in your facility, Lakeside can! Our professional painters specialize in epoxy safety line striping. We can also assist in patching cracks in concrete to ensure that your facility has a smooth and even floor. Furthermore, we offer various types of floor coatings and finishes that can drastically reduce the likelihood of slippage.

We love our employees, and we know you do too! Help keep yours safe by following a few practical steps to prevent slips in your facility.

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