Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls

It’s happened to all of us. A momentary lapse of attention, looking at our phones, distracted by a problem. Whatever the case, we’ve all been a victim to a slip trip and fall of some sort. Slips, trips, and falls are one of the greatest personal injury hazards facing your organization. They are also the leading cause of non-fatal medically treated injuries in the U.S. Through housekeeping, maintenance, and training, you can help protect others from serious injury, and prevent your camp from experience a costly claim. Follow these tips:

  • Good housekeeping

  • Create and maintain proper lighting: Incidents are more likely to occur if walking surfaces are not illuminated. Use adequate lighting in hallways, staircases, walkways, basements, etc. Replace burnt-out bulbs and repair fixtures as needed. When entering a room always turn the light on first. Keep areas around light switches clear and accessible.

  • Ensure that all stairs have sturdy handrails

  • Keep walkways clear of cords and other obstacles

  • Conduct periodic inspections for slip and fall hazards

  • Reduce wet or slippery surfaces

  • Parking lots/sidewalks: Keep parking lots and sidewalks in good condition. Be aware of any cracks or potholes. When snow and ice are present treat the conditions accordingly. Keep a log to document salting, sanding, and shoveling schedules. For changes in elevation draw awareness to the hazard by painting lines in a visible color such as yellow

  • Food preparation areas: Instruct workers to clean up spills immediately. Place non-skid floor mats near sinks and other areas that are likely to become wet and slippery

  • Bathrooms and other floors: Display wet floors signs as needed. Snow, rain, or other debris tracked in from outside can cause a slippery walking surface. Place walk-off mats at entry ways to prevent incidents.

  • Train your staff

  • Work with your employees to help prevent slips, trips, and falls. Encourage staff and guests to take ownership of their safety.

  • Recommend the use of non-slip footwear. Employees should be expected to wear footwear appropriate to their tasks. Shoelaces should always be tied correctly.

  • Discourage distracted walking. Multi-tasking or not paying attention to ground surfaces can cause accidents.

We’re here to help! For additional questions, contact Church Mutual Insurance Company’s Risk Control Central.

The information contained in this article is intended solely to provide general guidance on topics that may be of interest to you. While we have made reasonable efforts to present accurate and reliable information, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. disclaims all liability for any errors or omissions, or for any actions you take or fail to take based on this article. The information provided may not apply to your particular facts or circumstances; therefore, you should seek professional advice prior to relying on any information that may be found in this article.

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