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5 Ways To Avoid Slip-and-Fall Accidents in the Workplace

July 6, 2022 Personal injury

Slip-and-fall accidents are not completely preventable, but there are steps that can be taken to help workers avoid them in the workplace. 

1. Design a Workplace Free of Hazards

In the design phase of your business, keep safety in mind to prevent potential risks of slip-and-falls. 

  • Equip entryways with non-slip mats.
  • Make sure there is adequate lighting in all areas, including walkways, stairs, hallways, ramps, basements, dock areas, closets, etc.
  • Mark steps, ramps, curbs, etc., with colors or reflective material.
  • Follow OSHA regulations when installing railings, toe boards, and coverings. 
  • Secure mats, rugs, and carpets that do not lay flat by using tacking, taping, etc. 
  • Cover any cables that cross walkways. 

2. Maintain the Property

Keep the workplace clean, organized, and risk-free by creating a plan to maintain it regularly. 

  • Delegate specific cleaning responsibilities to individuals or teams and stress the point to each employee that they are responsible for picking up after themselves. Once duties are assigned, and a routine is in place, post the cleaning plan in an area that is visible to employees. 
  • Alternatively, you can hire maintenance staff or a cleaning crew to regularly maintain the grounds. 
  • Regularly inspect the workplace for any hazards and document your inspections. Look for wet floors, cracks, uneven surfaces, obstacles in the walkway, clutter, loose electrical wiring or cords, etc., to ensure safety. Keep a record of any hazards and how you fixed them.

3. Display Warning Signs

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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. 

4. Prepare for Inclement Weather

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.  

  • Strategically place “wet floor” signs to slow people down when entering the building. 
  • Use and put out extra beveled floor mats to catch excess water. 
  • Use floor fans to help dry out walkways. 
  • Have a plan to clean up puddles immediately. 

5. Provide Safety Training


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.