Maintain Work Areas to Prevent Slips, Trips, & Falls Safety


Maintain Work Areas to Prevent Slips, Trips, & Falls

This is probably the most important thing you can do to prevent this type of accident. Housekeeping is the key to preventing slips, trips and falls.

  • Keep walkways, aisles, and stairs free of tools, materials, and other hazards.
  • Clean up any leaks or spills promptly.
  • Repair or report floor problems, such as broken planks, missing tiles, etc.
  • Block off and mark floor areas that are being cleaned or repaired.
  • Keep cords, power cables, and air hoses out of walkways.
  • Place trash promptly in proper containers.
  • Keep drawers closed. Take Precautions on Stairs and Dock Edges.
  • Report missing or broken stair rails and slippery or damaged treads.
  • Walk, don’t run, on stairs. Hold onto stair rails while going up and down.
  • Don’t jump on or off platforms and loading docks, and stay away from edges.
  • Don’t carry a load you can’t see over, especially on stairs or around dock edges.

Pay Attention to Your Movements and Surroundings

  • Focus on where you’re going, what you’re doing, and what lies ahead.
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Take responsibility for fixing, removing, or avoiding hazards in your path.
  • Wear sturdy shoes.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Wipe your feet when you come in from rain or snow.
  • Report or replace any burned out lights or inadequate lighting.
  • Watch out for floors that are uneven, have holes, etc.
  • Keep your hands at your sides, not in your pockets, for balance.
  • Walk slowly on slippery surfaces. —Slide your feet and avoid sharp turns.
  • Be constantly alert for—and remove or go around—obstructions in your path.