Tips for Avoiding Slips and Falls

Tips for Avoiding Slips and Falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury in the workplace. Keep these tips in mind to avoid an injury:

  • As you walk, keep an eye on the floor in front of you for spills.
  • If you see a spill, never just walk by it. Always clean it up or call someone to clean it up.
  • Wear nonskid shoes when you work in kitchens, outdoors, or any other place where you will commonly be walking on slippery surfaces.
  • Never climb on shelving units or storage units to get things. Use only approved ladders.


Some Common Sense

Use basic common sense in your daily comportment around the office. That means:

  • Sit upright in your chair, with your feet touching the floor when you’re working at your desk. Before sitting down, look to make sure your chair is beneath you and hasn’t rolled away.
  • Look where you’re going whenever you’re walking around the office.
  • If you’ve got to carry anything from one place to another, don’t stack things up so high that you can’t see directly in front of you.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Go slowly if the floor is wet or otherwise slippery.
  • Don’t read while walking.
  • Always hold the handrail when using stairs.
  • When carrying boxes, use the elevator if available.
  • Only open one drawer in a filing cabinet at a time to keep it from tipping over.
  • Close desk or file cabinet drawers before walking away so others don’t walk into them.
  • Store supplies inside of cabinets or bookcases, and place heavier items in the lower drawers or shelves.
  • Immediately wipe up spilled beverages, water tracked in by wet shoes or drippings from umbrellas. Ask a custodian to do the cleaning if you don’t have time to do it yourself.

Report It

Anytime you see something unsafe, report it to your management .

Things you might want to point out include sightings of:

  • Torn carpet
  • Loose tiles
  • Wobbly steps or floorboards
  • Burned-out light bulbs
  • Broken chairs or desks
  • Other defective equipment
  • Stray electrical cables or obstructions of walkways
  • Possible unauthorized visitors


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