Avoid Slips and Falls in Your Facility

Every property and facility manager wants to make sure slips and falls do not happen.  According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most general workplace incidents involve slips, trips, and falls. Slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere in your facility. Slips and trips can result in falls, possibly disability or death. The results of these accidents can be extremely costly.  Falls from the same level average $7 billion each year.  Below are some helpful tips to prevent slips and falls in your building.

Attentive Housekeeping Practices

When it comes to housekeeping and your floor surfaces, cleaning all spills immediately, clearing debris from floors, keeping walkways free of clutter, and securing mats, rugs and carpets that do not lay flat will help prevents slips and falls.  Other practices to keep in mind are keeping file cabinets and storage drawers closed, covering cables that cross walkways, and keeping work areas and walkways will lit.  Practicing good housekeeping procedures will make sure preventive measures such as sophisticated flooring and signs are fully effective.

Flooring

Changing or modifying walking surfaces is the next step for preventing slip and trips. Recoating or replacing floors, installing mats, pressure-sensitive abrasive strips or abrasive-filled paint-on coating and metal or synthetic decking can further improve safety and reduce risk of falling.

Signs are not Eenough

Some managers believe placing a sign in front of spill or next to an uneven surface about to be repaired is good enough on its own to do the job. Facilities managers should be doing much more than placing signs around hazardous areas. When protecting your occupants from slips and falls, prevention is the best measure.

For more information or assistance in making your facility safer, contact Mid-America Contractors today.  MAC is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers have trusted for more than 25 years.  MAC can help you with any facility repair, remodeling, custom cabinetry or flooring projects.  Contact us today for a free consultation.

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