Slips, Trips, and Falls don’t just happen in the warehouse or out on the building site. In fact, slips, trips, and falls are one of the leading causes of injury in the office workplace! Protruding cabinet drawers, electrical cords, fallen objects, wet floors, etc. can all contribute to a slip and trip in the office. OSHA standards provide guidelines for implementing a safety policy for protecting the workplace from fall hazards. But employees must be trained on how to keep their workspace free from slip, trip, and fall hazards. General Office Safety Training should include guidelines on protecting from slips, trips, and falls. You may find it helpful, though, to offer employee training specific to slip and trip if you find that your employees need more specific safety policy training on this subject.
In general, any safety procedures on slip, trip, and fall employee training should include instructions on:
-Keeping floors clean and dry
-Posting warning signs for wet floor areas
-Keeping all aisles and passageways clear and in good repair
-Making sure no obstructions jut out into the aisles that could create a hazard
-Not running power cords across pathways – if only temporary, then taping or anchoring them to the floor
-Keeping exits and access to exits free from obstruction
-Using only properly maintained ladders to reach items (no stools, chairs, or boxes!)
-Keeping an eye on and re-smoothing rugs or carpets that are bulging or bunched
-Managing bulky loads on stairs
While preventing most of these hazards in the office, if not all of them, seem like common sense, it is shocking to see how many workers’ compensation claims are paid each year for slips, trips, and falls resulting from hazards in the office that could have been prevented with employee training and attention to worker health and safety.