Slip-and-fall accidents are not completely preventable, but there are steps that can be taken to help workers avoid them in the workplace.
In the design phase of your business, keep safety in mind to prevent potential risks of slip-and-falls.
Keep the workplace clean, organized, and risk-free by creating a plan to maintain it regularly.
If you find a hazard that cannot be fixed immediately, place signs to warn visitors and employers of the danger until you can have it repaired. Having signs and cones on hand that can be moved around to warn people of temporary hazards are also critical—for example, a “wet floor” or “under maintenance” sign. Sign placement can have a significant impact on its effectiveness. “Danger,” “Warning,” and “Caution” signs are most effective at eye level. In addition, signage with bold type, bright colors, and thick borders is more likely to capture a worker’s attention.
It does not snow in Southern California, but having a plan in place for rain or thunderstorms can prevent the higher risk of slip-and-falls.
Regularly train employees in the basics of slip and fall prevention, regardless of the nature of their work. New hires, as well as employees, should be aware of or refreshed on routine safety precautions, any special hazards at the workplace, and the procedure for reporting a problem. Creating a culture of safety and keeping an open dialogue about potential dangers will help workers feel comfortable notifying a supervisor without hesitation. Finally, if an accident does occur, re-evaluate your safety plan after conducting an investigation and contacting a San Diego injury lawyer.