January 2009 Safety TopicDecember 29th, 2008 by
Workplace Injuries: Slip-and-Falls
Slip-and-Falls are the leading causes for workplace injuries. In are line of business we have many near misses with slips and falls. And it is our goal at Minuteman Parking Company to eliminate these near misses from ever happening. Make sure that you are aware of your surroundings when you are work. Take note when your designated path of travel changes. Know where all of the stairs and ramps are at your location. These areas can be dangerous when they are wet. Also be aware of all chains, guard rails and tire spikes. All of these hazards can cause you to trip, fall and seriously injure yourself. You should always report any unsafe work conditions that may cause any injury while you are work to your manager.
Tips on Preventing Slip-and-Falls
Wear Sturdy Shoes
Do not wear open toed shoes or shoes with leather soles.
- Shoes should be laced and tightly tied.
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Place caution signs when you notice any spills that can not be cleaned up immediately.
- Place caution when wet signs out on raining days and the ground are going to stay wet for a long period of time.
- Pay close attention to what is going on around you.
- Move cautiously near corners and when carry things.
- Always use the handrail when walking down stairs.
- Never skip a step when using the stairs.
- Never run or jump down stairs.
- Do not use short cuts to get to the parking areas.
- Go around chains, guard rails and tire spikes and not over them.
- Report to your Manager or Driveway Ambassador any hazardous areas.
Causes of Slip-and-Falls
50% of Slip-and-Falls are caused by Unsafe, Unclean Floor Surfaces
24% of Slip-and-Falls are caused by Inappropriate Footwear
10% of Slip-and-Falls are caused by Fraudulent Claims
9% of Slip-and-Falls are caused by Inadequate Hazard Identification
7% of Slip-and-Falls are caused by Insufficient Training
At times we do get busy and we getÂ into high stress situations. And we understand that guests and patients want their vehicles as quickly as possible. But there is no excuse for short cuts that can cause you or your team member’s harm.