Some workplace environments are more challenging and dangerous than others and it is often the case that a factory offers more opportunities for accidents compared to an office, for example, which is why everyone has to be particularly vigilant when it comes to safety practices.
Slip and fall accidents are commonplace in such working environments but a percentage of these incidents could have been prevented with robust safety measures in place.
Here is a look at some of the proactive ways you can help to prevent a slip and fall accident from occurring.
Spillages are a major problem
When something goes wrong with an item of machinery and it causes liquids or other potentially hazardous and dangerous substances to escape that will instantly create a health and safety threat to anyone working in that immediate environment.
The use of way covers can help to protect moving machine parts and offers a line of defense against mechanical pinch points, deflecting liquids away from critical areas and containing the issue more effectively than if the machinery did not any way covers or bellows.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is just one of the organizations that offer guidance on legislation and you can find detailed instructions relating to common hazards that could provide the framework for your safety handbook, including details on how to best contain spillages.
A tidy workplace
One of the best ways to prevent an accident is to continually monitor your working environment and look for issues that could cause an accident to happen.
This means checking for cables that are exposed and could be a trip hazard, ensuring that walkways are as even as possible, keeping clutter and debris away from areas where it could create a slip or trip risk, and making sure that there are no obstacles that could create unnecessary danger to workers.
An untidy workplace and poor lighting is also a potentially lethal combination so make sure that all access areas and walkways are well lit.
The risk of falls
Trips are bad enough but falls from any sort of height can often have disastrous consequences for those involved.
Classic health and safety violations include unprotected edges, holes, and openings that are not adequately signposted or protected, and poorly positioned ladders or a basic lack of understanding when it comes to safety procedures when working at heights.
Encourage workers to always pay attention to their surroundings and report any potentially hazardous scenarios before an accident happens.
Changing floor surfaces
What can often catch people out is when they move from one type of surface to another when moving around their workplace and they don’t anticipate or are not equipped to deal with the new environment they are entering.
If your flooring lacks the same basic degree of traction in all areas this will increase the risk of a slip.
Encountering a wet or oily floor surface followed by loose or unanchored matting is going to create a hazardous situation, so aim to create an element of uniformity around the factor flooring and make sure that everyone is wearing suitable footwear to deal with these challenges. Accidents can and do happen every day in the workplace but with a proactive approach to health and safety and some basic precautions in place, you can help to reduce the prospect of an incident taking place.