Slip, Trip, & Fall Reminder
Winter is here and despite the fact that it’s an enjoyable time for many when it comes to keeping our employees upright instead of flat on their back, we have to remind ourselves that it can be a time for increased safety risks. It is more than likely that somebody in your company has experienced a slip and fall this past year and although we hope it didn’t have serious results, we need to do what we can to lower the potential of these costly claims. In an attempt to save you some avoidable expenses this winter, Kinney Pike would like to take this opportunity to pass along some helpful tips about what you can do to reduce the potential for these common and sometimes serious injuries.
Not all slips and falls occur in snow and icy conditions, but the potential increases during wintry conditions. If you have experienced an injury loss already due to a slip or fall from ice and/or snow conditions, then you are aware of the employee’s pain and suffering during these instances along with the expense to your company and the effect this has on your insurance premiums.
In terms of risk management, there are a few recommendations that employers can take. We may not be able to control the weather but each of us has the ability to take reasonable precautions for our own protection. Here are some recommendations that we hope you will act upon in the hope of reducing the potential for further injuries this winter.
Please, take a few moments to review these points and discuss with your employees:
- When walking, don’t rush; take the time to walk carefully
- When walking up or down steps, use the handrail
- If carrying items, products, etc., proper balance is vital; a careful pace is essential to reducing the potential of a fall
- Scan the area to where you will be going and watch out for slip or trip hazards
- Use extra care walking across parking lots, sanded, cleared or otherwise. Don’t carry objects that will put you off balance
- Use ice melt to help clear pathways of ice
- Put down a mat that will absorb snow and ice at entrances of your building; especially high traffic areas
- Always use the “3-point” technique getting into and out of vehicles
- When getting out of the vehicle, view where you will be stepping; consider keeping plastic bottles of sand and salt in company vehicles
- Clear parking areas of snow and use sand to reduce the loss of traction when walking
- Purchase “Microspikes” or “Yak Tracks” to help employees manage slippery conditions and make their use mandatory; new types are cost-effective and convenient to apply and remove
Everyone, from your drivers to your office employees, needs to take extra care this winter, at home and at work. Your active involvement in safety and risk management is vital to the success of your company. The actions that you take will benefit you and your employees. Please stress to all your employees that winter weather does not have to lead to personal injuries and property loss if we take our time to work safely.
If you have any questions on all things safety, feel free to contact our Risk Management Coordinator, Ryan Wilson at 802-295-3329 or [email protected]
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