3 Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls at the Workplace this Winter
November 29, 2018
As many business owners and employees know, practicing workplace safety is essential. As winter sets in and snow, sleet, and ice become our new normal, it’s even more critical to take the necessary precautions to prevent slips, trips, and falls.
In 2014, there were approximately 42,480 work injuries involving winter conditions according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. We’ve compiled three tips to help you and your employees prevent injuries this winter.
Clear the walkways
Snow and ice are a dangerous combination. It’s slippery, wet, and a hazard to everyone. Be proactive by keeping floors dry, making sure sidewalks have been de-iced, and snow has been removed.
Avoid heavy loads
In the winter, transporting materials or supplies on walkways becomes even more dangerous. As an extra precaution, encourage your employees to carry lighter loads than they typically would. Heavy loads can make it more difficult to focus on walking and easier to misstep, which could cause injury to oneself or others.
Wear proper attire
Remind your employees to wear proper winter attire. This means wearing warm clothing such as hats, gloves, and winter jackets, as well as wearing footwear with heavy traction to prevent slips and falls. Wearing layers and warm clothing is crucial to prevent hypothermia and frostbite, particularly for employees who spend their workdays outside.
This time of year, it’s important to keep in mind the changing weather conditions that can increase dangers in the workplace. With a few simple adaptations, business owners and employees alike can help keep their workplace safe and hazard-free this winter.