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The Most Commonly Slipped-On Surfaces

It’s true…Americans slip and fall a lot. In fact, over one million Americans suffer a slip and fall injury every year. You’d almost wonder how we get so much done when we’re spending that much time letting gravity take us down. We slip both outside and inside on water, ice, grease spots, floor wax, your toddler’s apple sauce, and anything in between.

Well, let’s all fight back with a “not today, gravity” and identify some of the most commonly slipped on surfaces.

Interior Flooring Surfaces

When a floor is waxed or cleaned, a wet floor sign should obviously be put up. However, people don’t always do things that they’re supposed to do. So if you see the hardwood floor shining back up at you thanks to that fresh wax reflecting the ceiling lights, it’s probably in your best interest to proceed with caution.

Mopping can have the same effect, and in facilities like restaurants or grocery stores that are constantly being mopped, you must always be alert for any slick or slippery areas. The services, wholesale, and retail trade industries combined account for over 60% of injuries from same-level slip and fall incidents.

So if you work in one of these industries, stay alert at all times, watch where you’re walking (that means don’t have your head buried down in your phone), and if you do see a slick spot, throw that wet floor sign out there.

Hazardous Weather Conditions

Most outdoor slip and fall injuries are the result of hazardous weather conditions (thanks, Earth). Whether it’s rain, snow, or ice, we love to slip on it. The weather is unpredictable and can change at any time, so unless you plan on never venturing outside again, there’s not much that you can do about avoiding it. Just stay alert and walk slowly if the elements do turn nasty.

But even on a sunny day, the outdoors are the host of several hazards that can cause falls. Uneven sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots are just perfect for the unsuspecting person to trip on. There’s no better way to start your day than by tripping on a pothole and watching your coffee go flying through the air. So stay alert, and always watch where you walk.

Entrances and Exits

Oh, you thought that all of Earth’s wonderful weather was just going to stay outside? If only that were the case. When people walk inside on a rainy or snowy day, they track in all of the water from outside and leave it nicely placed in the entryway of the building.

Now hopefully this building has a doormat at all entrances and exits, but if they don’t, these areas transform from doorways to slip-n-slides. And trust us, slipping your way into a grocery store isn’t exactly the most graceful way to do it. So stay alert when entering any building on a rainy day.

Obviously, nothing can protect you from all of these surfaces, but if you find yourself working in slippery conditions more often than not, feel free to check out our slip resistant shoes at www.srmax.com.

Safety Tips for Any Industry

Restaurants, hospitals, and warehouses can be some of the most dangerous places to work when it comes to slips and falls. Liquid spills, oily floors, and even dust can pose a threat to your safety and well-being at work.

Check out our 12 Safety Tips and get inspired to help make your own work environments safer and more productive. Click the link below to download a pdf version for your employees and coworkers:

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12 Safety Tips For Any Industry

Warehouses, foundries, construction sites and factories can be some of the most dangerous places to work when it comes to accidents and injury: large and moving machinery such as forklifts, carrying heavy loads such as pallets and heavy equipment can be hazardous for you and your workers.

Check out our 12 Tips for Safety and get inspired to help make you safer and more productive at work:

1. Know your safety protocols– Make sure emergency exits are clearly marked and you know the quickest route to safety from any location in the facility. In addition to knowing where your emergency exits are located, it is important to know where first-aid kits and supplies are kept. In an emergency, you don’t want to be faced with the task of locating the first aid kit.

 2. Perfect Posture – If you work at a desk, make sure that your shoulders are in line with your hips to avoid back problems. When picking things up, use correct form so your back doesn’t get hurt, and whatever you do, avoid stooping and twisting. If you have access to ergonomically designed furniture and safety equipment so that everything you need is comfortably within reach.

3. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings – This tip requires that you first know what particular hazards your job or workplace can entail. Once you’ve learned about the risks, you will be able to steer clear of any potentially hazardous areas or situations.

4. Take regular breaks – There are many work-related injuries and illnesses that occur because of fatigue. Taking regular breaks helps you stay fresh and alert on the job. One useful tip for staying alert is to schedule the most difficult tasks when your concentration is at it’s best, like first thing in the morning, or later in the afternoon depending on your own workflow.

5. Report Unsafe Conditions to Your Supervisor – It’s your job to make sure that your work environment stays safe for you and your fellow employees. It’s your supervisor’s job to provide you with the resources and materials to make that happen. They need to be informed about any workplace safety hazards or risks. Your supervisor is legally obligated to ensure that employees have a safe working environment. Help keep them informed and keep your work environment safe!

6. Keep Emergency Exits Easily Accessible – Quick, easy access to exits are necessary for any work environment. Keep the pathways to these exits clear and free of debris in order to ensure a quick and hasty escape, should you need one. It’s also recommended to keep clear access to equipment shutoffs in case you need to quickly stop them from functioning.

7. Don’t Try to Impress – We can’t stress this enough, use mechanical aids whenever possible. If you are faced with lifting and moving heavy objects all day long, don’t try and show off in front of your coworkers by lifting heavy materials improperly, or by trying to lift something that you shouldn’t be lifting in the first place. Use the dollies, forklifts and hand trucks that you have available to make your job easier and prevent injuries. Also remember to wear protective clothing including hard hats, gloves, vests, masks, belts, eyewear and proper safety footwear.

 8. Reduce stress in the workplace – Stress can lead to depression and concentration problems. Common causes of workplace stress include long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts with coworkers or managers. Take your concerns about workplace stress to your supervisor to see how they might help you address them.

9. Dress for Safety and Success– Avoid wearing baggy or excessively loose-fitting clothing. As with any job, it is important to dress the part. That means wearing comfortable clothing that is not too baggy. This will help protect you from getting caught anything that might be on the side of your path or line of walking. Proper slip resistant footwear is also important in your line of work.

 10. Use Tools and Machines Properly – Take the proper precautions when using tools, and never take shortcuts. Taking shortcuts is the leading cause of workplace injury. It’s a huge safety risk to use scaffolding as a ladder or one tool in place of another for a specific job. Using tools the right way greatly reduces the chance of workplace injury.

11. Stay Sober–  This one seems like a no-brainer, yet around three percent of workplace fatalities occur due to alcohol and drugs. When a worker’s ability to exercise judgment, coordination, motor control, concentration or alertness is compromised, this leads to any number of risks for workplace injury and fatalities.

12. Keep the Lines of Communication Open – It’s important to be aware of the government and company safety regulations that your company and industry need to abide by. However, it is just as important to create and foster clear lines of communication when it comes to the details surrounding the implementation of these rules and regulations within your company. This includes taking the time to properly train new hires, as well as communicate up to date information regarding safety protocols and plans of action.

Hopefully, the 12 Tips for Safety gave you some ideas and inspiration on how to improve your own company’s safety culture. For more tips, tricks, and other questions check us out at www.srmax.com

How to Stay Safe While Working on a Cruise Ship

Article by Emily Bennett

 

As cruise ships continue to become larger and accident reports continue to progress in great numbers, we are left wondering what exactly is being done to better train crew members in the event of an emergency at sea or in port?  Every crew member should have at least some familiarity with how to properly handle any onboard situation, including how to best evacuate passengers in the event of the vessel becoming disabled, what to do in the event of an onboard emergency, and most importantly how to keep themselves safe while on the job, especially when it comes to slip and fall accidents.

Safety is the top priority for both passengers and crew members while onboard the ship. As passengers are continually coming onboard for an unforgettable time at sea, crew members must enforce safety protocol for everyone on board, in order to make sure that no one’s life is put in immediate danger.

Food for thought: If crew members are not following proper protocol to maintain onboard safety, how can they be trusted with ensuring a passenger’s onboard safety? Here are a few safety tips that crew members should follow to make sure that everyone remains safe and has an exceptional time while onboard.

 

  • Know the Maritime Laws: Since each vessel usually flies a foreign flag, it can be difficult to understand the difference between each country’s laws and what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Be sure to learn your cruise company’s requirements, including regulatory maritime and cruise ship laws to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward at all times, and most importantly not endangering anyone.

 

  • Participate in Safety Meetings: Upon each new boarding, crew members should participate in a safety meeting, usually carried out right before your ship leaves port. It is in these meetings that you will be informed of your duties in the case of an emergency and will be required to know where you need to congregate in the event of an accident or evacuation.

 

  • Obtain certificates in Basic Firefighting, Survival at Sea and Basic First Aid: Once onboard a vessel, crew members are expected to know how to operate lifeboats, where the boats and rafts are located, how to launch them, and know about the different fire-extinguishers onboard and what kind of fire they are used for. Basic First Aid is also required to address any type of non-life threatening injury while onboard.

 

  • Acquire a pair of Slip Resistant Shoes: In order to help keep crew members accident free, slip resistant work shoes are a great asset to each crew member’s uniform. With a slip resistant sole, crew members are kept safe at work and experience a decrease in slip and fall injuries when it comes to working around unseen spills.  

 

 

These are just a few of the many safety recommendations for cruise ship workers when it comes to staying safe at sea and at the port. It is crucial for crew members to understand that our responsibility is ensuring the safety of all who are onboard (including ourselves), as well as our duty to protect passengers as per maritime law.

For more information on work safety tips, visit us on our website at srmax.com.