Slips, Trips & Falls – Stairways & Walkways Safety

Slips, Trips & Falls – Stairways & Walkways

Stairways and walkways in all businesses can be the cause of injury accidents. Here are ten safety tips to help eliminate exposures.

  1. Always keep one hand free to use the handrails, both up and down the stairways
  2. Keep all stairs and walkways clear of debris and potentially slippery substances such as: ice, snow, water, oil, or grease
  3. Keep passageways free of tools, equipment and other materials. Always practice good housekeeping in these non-production areas
  4. When walkways and stairs are provided-use them. Don’t short-cut your safety to save a few steps or a few seconds
  5. Shop or warehouse mezzanines should be equipped with standard railings to protect open sides. Railings should have top rails with a vertical height of 42 inches, mid rails, posts, and toe boards
  6. Standard handrails must be provided for stairs with four or more steps. Handrails should be 30 to 34 inches from the top of the stair tread, measured in line with the face of the riser
  7. Handrails can become loose and may need to be re-secured or replaced. Do not assume someone else will repair or report it. Immediately mention any problem to the right person, such as your supervisor, or take the time to fix it yourself
  8. Where there are elevation changes in walkways, highlight the change so it is plainly visible. Distinguishing the change alerts those unfamiliar with the walkway to the hazard
  9. Secure electrical cords and hoses so that they do not lie across walkways
  10. Take small steps on wet and icy walkways. Use handholds to stabilize yourself