Falls are one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. By taking precautions, you can protect your staff and reduce lawsuits. This post lists some of the most common causes of workplace fall injuries. 

Slippery floors

Many fall injuries are the result of slippery floors. Putting up a wet floor sign can help to prevent injuries by warning people, however it is not always enough. When mopping, you can reduce slipperiness by running over the floor with a dry mop. Spillages, flooding and leaks should meanwhile be cleaned up as soon as possible. If you cannot keep the floor dry, consider switching to a flooring that soaks up spillages and provides grips such as rubber mats (a popular option in gyms and kitchens).

Dust and debris

Too much dust and debris on a floor can also make it slippery. Factories are examples of workplaces where this can become a problem. By cleaning floors regularly, you can reduce this hazard. Floor cleaning machines are useful in workplaces that regularly get covered in dust and debris. Exhaust systems can also help to reduce dust, while separate systems can be set up to catch debris produced by tools and machines. 

Trailing cables

Cables are a common trip hazard in offices. Good cable management can help to keep cables tidy and out of walkways – this includes using cable wall clips and trunks. At the very least, try to keep cables running along the side of rooms or feed them under rugs. Switching to wireless tech can also help in many environments. This includes using wireless power tools and wireless vacuum cleaners to stop cables from trailing everywhere.

Loose mats and rugs

Another common trip hazard is loose mats and rugs. When buying rugs or mats for workplaces, it’s important to use anti-slip options. These typically have added grip on the underside to stop them moving. Sticking down mats and rugs is another solution to prevent slip injuries, but you’ll need to make sure that it’s securely stuck down around all edges. 

Workplace clutter

You also need to be careful of general clutter. A step ladder or box left in a corridor could serve as a trip hazard – make sure that walkways are always kept clear and that all objects are tidied away when not in use. If you haven’t got a place to store items beyond the floor, consider whether it’s time that you decluttered your workplace. Frequent clearouts can often be necessary in small offices to prevent clutter from piling up. 

Poor lighting

Many fall injuries are caused simply by people not being able to see properly. Poorly lit cellars and store cupboards are places where falls are very common. You should make sure that these areas are well lit and that dead lightbulbs are immediately replaced. If employees work at night, good lighting could be particularly important in all areas of your workplace including outside areas.