Protect your employees and yourself from dangerous slips, trips, and falls

July 27, 2017

What preventative measures has your company taken to avoid workplace accidents?

Safe Work Australia (SWA) reports that in the last decade, slips, trips, or falls caused the death of almost 400 workers, resulted in 23% of serious claims, and were caused by environmental factors 56% of the time.

Environmental factors include uneven flooring, “slippery surfaces” or “poorly designed walkways”; in other words, the majority of these accidents were entirely preventable. Here are just a couple ways you can help prevent slips, trips, or falls in your workplace:

Clearly identify any and all trip hazards

The first step in avoiding something is knowing where and what it is. Make sure your employees are aware of every possible trip hazard around the workplace. This means putting up signs whenever necessary and, perhaps most important, encouraging extreme vigilance on the job.

It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the day-to-day monotony of the job — and it can be dangerous when employees switch into auto-pilot mode. Remind them to stay alert and aware of their surroundings at all times.

Install non-slip floor mats

Most on-the-job slips come from unwanted moisture or debris — and the majority of these hazards come from outside the workplace. As we approach the rainy season in NSW, for example, employees will unwittingly track all kinds of water, dust, and dirt into the building.

You can nip most of the problems in the bud with a non-slip, dust control floor mat.

Place a floor mat at every possible entrance to your workplace and encourage your workers to wipe their feet — our mats capture 80% of the dust, dirt and moisture that would normally be tracked into your building.

And at Australian Uniform Service, we have a wide selection of colours and sizes to fit your business’s unique feel and style.

Contact Australian Uniform Service today and learn how easy and affordable it is to prevent workplace accidents. We have locations in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria, ALL of which have been awarded National HACCP accreditation (c/o SAI Global Food Safety CODEX Certification).