Don’t Let Equipment Be the Cause of Slips, Trips and Falls

Executive summary

Among the many services provided by Hartford Steam Boiler are property-casualty surveys for other insurance carriers. And when HSB inspectors visit client locations, they may find conditions that could cause employees or customers to slip, trip or fall. It might be oil or other fluids leaking from machinery. Cables stretched across walkways. Water, grease or debris left on the floor. Spilled food and drinks in restaurants or grocery store aisles. Even potholes in the parking lot can create a hazard and lead to injuries, lost production and lawsuits.

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Don’t Let Equipment Be the Cause of Slips, Trips and Falls

Dangerous Conditions

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that slips, trips and falls cause the majority of general industry accidents — and more than 377,980 injuries in the workplace each year. They cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of fatalities.
OSHA requires that businesses keep floors dry and clean. Common sense practices can improve conditions. Check for uneven surfaces, eliminate obstacles, improve lighting, remove ice and snow from walkways and have employees wear appropriate footwear. Keep extension cords to a minimum, fix loose handrails, use the correct type of mats, and mark inclines and drop-offs with yellow paint.
OSHA offers a self-inspection checklist (www.osha.gov/SLTC/smallbusiness/chklist.html) with general tips to help prevent slips, trips and falls. Refer to OSHA standards for complete and specific standards that apply to your situation.

Lessons Learned

Here are some of the common hazards that HSB’s risk control professionals have encountered in the workplace. Prevent these conditions and you can help control the risk of injury and loss due to slips, trips and falls.
• Over-spraying or leaking equipment that could leak into walkways.
• Puddles of liquid on floors from wet processes.
• Loose, dry debris such as metal shavings, nuts, bolts, etc., that could cause a slip or fall.
• Smooth, shiny or newly waxed walkways.
• Rainwater or melted snow; worn out entrance mats.
• Areas where maintenance is being performed and is not properly secured from personnel traffic.
• Discoloration, residue or loose absorbent particles on floors.
• Cracked, uneven or crumbled concrete.
• Stairs, ramps or inclines with little or no traction.
• Areas with inadequate barriers for wash downs or maintenance.
• Clogged floor drains.
• Potholes in the parking lot or driveways.
Disclaimer statement:

All recommendations are general guidelines and are not intended to be exhaustive or complete, nor are they designed to replace information or instructions from the manufacturer of your equipment. Contact your equipment service representative or manufacturer with specific questions.

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