National Safety Month: Stand Up to Falls
What is the second leading cause of non-fatal disabling injury in workplaces? Slips, trips and falls. These are second to overexertion. Additionally, the National Safety Council (NSC) states that falls are the third leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 32,000 deaths in 2014.
We are an NSC member and make safety a priority everyday. In fact, it is a cornerstone of how we help our customers build safer communities, and safety plays into how we operate internally.
Use these simple steps to prevent injuries and and save lives.
Reduce Falls, Slips and Trips with these Tips
- Falls, slips and trips are preventable by being aware of your surroundings.
- Reduce your chances of falling by getting your vision checked regularly.
- Minimize distractions – do not talk or text on your phone while walking in busy workplaces.
- If a spill occurs, immediately clean it up and dry any wet areas.
- Use proper signage to identify potential hazards.
- Mark uneven surfaces, like tile, carpet and concrete to warn those around.
- A clutter-free workspace is less likely to cause slips, trips and falls. Keep work areas tidy.
- Steady yourself with handrails on stairways when available.
- Keep cords out of walkways to prevent tripping. Electrical cords and phone cords are common sources of trips.
- Do not carry a load that is too heavy or that obstructs your vision. Ask for help or use equipment to help you move large or bulky items.
- Wear appropriate footwear. If necessary, look for shoes featuring slip-resistance.
- Inspect the following areas on a regular basis: doorways, entryways, ramps, cluttered hallways, heavily-trafficked areas, uneven surfaces and areas prone to wetness or spills.
Visit the NSC’s website for more information and resources on National Safety Month.