Slip and fall accidents increase as winter arrives and the snow and ice hit. While there is no controlling the winter weather, there are a number of steps workplaces and their employees can take to prevent accidents and injuries.
Parking Lots and Walkways
- Watch for and repair parking lot and sidewalk damage such as cracks and holes, which not only trap snow and ice but can become worse during thawing and freezing cycles.
- Keep an eye out for drainage and water collection patterns that will freeze and require more maintenance, both in terms of plowing, and sanding and salting.
- Remind employees to wear practical footwear for the weather. Shoes or boots with good traction will help prevent slips.
- Make sure that entryways and walkways are well lit so that employees can spot hazards before they are caught off guard.
- Repair cracks and uneven pavement soon as possible and preferably before the winter season settles in – call today at (810) 659-5400 if your lots or walkways have these issues.
Entrances and Exits
- Keep watch over entrances and exits where snow can be tracked in, and keep these areas clean and dry. A wet mat or rug is as dangerous as slick tiles. Switch out and dry mats and keep water off the flooring.
- Salt or sand buckets kept near entryways will encourage frequent application to reduce the amount of snow tracked inside.
- Open communication for employees to report snow and ice hazards to supervisors. And make sure reports are addressed swiftly to encourage continued cooperation.
- Post signs and distribute materials to employees to address safety concerns for winter weather hazards.
- Conduct meetings and distribute materials addressing winter safety at least monthly; as the winter wears on, attention and vigilance may wane and keeping safety in mind is important.
- Encourage employees to provide weather and safety suggestions that can be shared via displays, newsletters, or other communication.
Walking on Ice
Use of appropriate footwear can prevent injury
- Avoid walking on slippery surfaces while wearing high heels – bring an extra change of shoes if necessary.
- Many dress shoes do not have suitable traction on their soles. If needed, wear more suitable footwear and bring shoes for the office.
- Watch for older footwear whose treads may have worn down through use – worn treads are equal to no treads in regards to traction.
In hazardous circumstances, modify the way you walk
- Sustain your center of gravity over your feet
- Shorten your stride – shorter steps.
- Walk with your feet spread apart slightly.
- Use your arms for balance and take care with carried items that might throw you off balance or restrict movement.
- Slow down! Especially if the surface is not only slippery but uneven.
Call us today to talk about your snow removal bid and snow plowing contract.