Despite the preventative measures your company takes and the safety regulations they have in place, workplace accidents will still happen.
Knowing what types of surfaces can become the most slippery can help create awareness and allow you to pay closer attention to your surroundings while you’re on the job. Here are some of the most commonly slipped on surfaces, and a few preventative measures that you can take to stop slips before they happen.
What is a “Slip”?
We all know what a “slip” is, but why do they happen? A “slip” occurs when there isn’t enough traction or friction between the shoes and the walking surface.
When walking, you need friction between your shoes and the surface you are walking on in order to move forward and get around. When there’s a lack of friction, slips happen.
Wet or Dry, You’re Still at Risk
It’s no surprise that wet tile, laminate, and hard wood floors are a major cause for accidents in the workplace, but did you know that polished floors such as marble or ceramic tile can be extremely slippery even when they’re dry?
Materials such as dusts, powders, granules, and plastic wrapping are all examples of dry, slippery substances to keep an eye out for and be aware of.
Don’t Get Caught Slippin’
If you see a spill or slippery spot, first take the time to make it clear that the area is wet. “Wet floor” signs or caution cones are a great way to notify your coworkers. If something has been spilled, clean it up appropriately. It is better to get the spill cleared as soon as possible, as it lessens the chance for a slip and fall accident to occur.
In order to prevent slips from happening on a dry surface, make sure that you are sweeping and dusting the floor on a regular basis. This will prevent any buildup of dust and other fine substances from settling on the floor.