Office slip and falls can happen anywhere. According to the National Safety Council, falls are the second highest cause of workplace injuries. Besides being painful and inconvenient for the injured worker, these types of accidents have a huge impact on your business as well. Every time an employee is injured on the job, you face a loss of productivity, not to mention increased insurance premiums. So what can you do to make your workplace safer for everyone? Follow these simple tips to minimize your risk of slips and falls.
- Run a risk assessment of your workplace. Consider areas where falls could be more serious, like stair cases or ramps, and implement solutions to decrease this risk.
- Make sure to always put out appropriate signs to let people know when floors are wet.
- If there is a spill, clean it up immediately.
- Remember to keep cabinets and drawers closed when not in use.
- Watch for cords that run through heavily trafficked areas. Re-route cords when possible, or ensure that they are secured to the ground to minimize the risk of someone tripping over them.
- If you have carpeting or rugs in your office, make sure they are secure and non-slip. If your carpeting is frayed or pulling up at the edges, this can also create a trip risk.
- Walkways and heavily trafficked areas should always be kept open. Avoid placing furniture or other items in these paths.
- Make sure your office has proper lighting. Pay special attention to areas like staircases, hallways, and other heavily used areas.
- Routinely check staircase handrails to ensure that they are secure.
- Put out non-slip mats during inclement weather to make sure tracked-in snow or rain don’t cause slips and falls.
Remember — safety is key when it comes to running a successful business. Here at Quincy Mutual, we want to make sure you have policies in place that prevent costly accidents. Contact one of our more than 500 independent insurance agents to learn how you can achieve peace of mind by protecting your business: http://bit.ly/QuincyFindAgent.