Of the 5,190 workplace fatalities that occurred in 2016, 849 were due to slips, trips and falls. Although such incidents can happen year-round, winter weather conditions can increase the risk.
Despite a company’s best efforts to keep the workplace safe, rain, snow and ice can create hazardous conditions, not just in outdoor areas, but also indoors. Here are some simple tips to avoid slips, trips and falls during wintery conditions:
- When you enter a building, use provided rugs and mats to dry your footwear.
- When walking, pay attention to where you are going and have your hands available to steady yourself if you slip. Avoid carrying heavy loads that may affect your balance.
- If you notice hazardous areas, mark them with temporary signs or inform janitorial staff.
- Wear footwear with heavy treads for increased traction if you work outside.
- Don’t rush. Give yourself sufficient time to get where you need to be.
- Step, don’t jump, from vehicles.
- Use handrails wherever they are provided so you can prevent yourself from falling if you slip.
If you do slip and fall, make it easy for people to assist you. That means making yourself easily accessible and visible. For example, wear a brightly colored jacket if your job requires you to work outdoors.
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