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Risk Management: Avoiding Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

August 28th, 2019

You may think that working in an insurance agency is relatively safe as opposed to more hazardous occupations. However, accidents can happen in any workplace. A common workplace injury that can happen anywhere is a slip, trip and fall accident. According to data from the National Safety Council (NSC), slips, trips and falls account for 25.8% of all workplace injuries and are the third most common type of workplace injury.
The good news is that slip, trip and fall accidents are preventable by following general good housekeeping/maintenance and following a few safety procedures. Here are some ideas for slip, trip and fall accident prevention in your office.

Make sure all interior and exterior areas are well-lit including exit signs.
Wear slip resistant footwear.
Keep walking areas including hallways, restrooms, kitchens and other common areas free of clutter.
Avoid wearing loose clothing that can easily catch on office furniture and cause a fall accident.
Never leave desk drawers or file cabinets open.
Immediately clean up spills in bathroom and kitchen areas and mark any wet areas with caution signs.
Secure extension cords, electrical cords and wiring and keep them away from walking areas.
Make sure any stairs have handrails.
Do not stand on any surface such as tables or chairs and avoid standing on anything mobile, like carts or chairs with wheels.
Arrange office furniture to keep a clear path in walking areas.
Leave maintenance projects, like changing high lightbulbs, for maintenance personnel who are properly trained in ladder safety.
Should an employee have a slip, trip and fall accident in your office; first take care of any injuries. This guide from Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN) tells more about what to do after a slip and fall accident. Be sure to keep proper documentation of the accident for any potential workers compensation claim.

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