How to Prevent Workplace Falls
Workers in construction, manufacturing plants, warehouses, health care and offices were among the injured. People fall, slip or trip during simple or complex tasks. Something as ordinary as a misplaced ladder can lead to a disaster.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that falls in 2014 hurt an estimated 247,120 workers and killed 818. The accidents occurred across all types of businesses.
Many of these accidents are preventable. Employers are obligated to provide a safe workplace. Some safeguards are government mandated. When businesses aren’t compliant, they can be hit with hefty fines.
Accidents on the job raise other expenses: workers’ compensation, medical costs and lost productivity go up along with the rate of injuries. But, beyond the threat of penalties, most employers want to keep workers safe and happy.
How to Prevent Workplace Falls With Factory Upgrades
Storee Construction offers extensive options for safety upgrades. We can work with you to identify dangerous areas in your workplace. Our team will recommend renovations to create a more secure facility.
Storee also assists businesses on an ongoing basis by serving as their plant safety contractor. Employing a safety contractor is among the best ways to keep your facility in compliance with regulations.
Keep the Work Environment Safe
Falls, slips and trips often happen because of an unsafe environment or inattention to safety. Here are some things that lead to accidents:
- Unsafe equipment: Workers can fall into machines, equipment and conveyors. Install guardrails and toeboards around equipment. Move factory equipment to ensure adequate passageways.
- Inadequate electrical outlets: Update the electricals to avoid the use of long cords.
- Uncovered floor holes: Guard against falls by covering holes and installing rails.
- Slick floors: If your work environment is moist, install non-skid surfaces and improve processes to prevent wet floors.
- Clutter: In offices and factories, items on floors and in passageways create tripping hazards.
- Unstable and uneven floors: Renovate floors to eliminate changes in height, loose or dangerous flooring.
- Unprotected raised areas: Elevated platforms, floors and walkways require such things as guardrails and toeboards
- Inadequate safety equipment: Some jobs require the use of fall-protection gear. These include safety harnesses and lines, safety nets and hand railings.
Make Safety a Goal
Companies can guard against accidents by making a safe workplace a priority. Insist on a culture that prides itself on reducing accidents and injuries. Emphasize the need to keep work areas clean and easy to navigate. Educate workers and consider having an internal team to assist with compliance. Train all employees in safety protocol appropriate to their job.
Storee Construction has been helping businesses improve their facilities since 1966. We’ve worked in cities and towns all around the midwest, including in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Contact us for information about our services.