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Prevent Injuries from Workplace Falls

Posted on: August 12, 2016 by titan-goodrich

In some work environments, accidental falls are unusually common. Fortunately, slip-and-fall risks and many others are covered by a robust Virginia Commercial General Liability Insurance policy. According to the National Safety Council, a staggering percentage of worker’s compensation claims stem from fall-related injuries. Here are a few helpful tips to prevent injuries at the workplace.

Follow OSHA’s Industry-specific Fall Protection Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued industry-specific fall-protection guidelines for many industries. Examples of the construction-industry requirements noted in OSHA’s Standard 1926.501 include:

  • Ensuring that all surfaces employees will walk and work on can safety support them,
  • Installing railings, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems on all work surfaces without protected sides and edges that are six feet or more in the air, and
  • Protecting employees from falling into holes, including skylights, by covering them.

Guidelines All Employers Should Follow to Prevent Falls

Whether you are a home builder, home-healthcare provider, restaurateur, shop owner, etc., there are common-sense precautions you  should take to prevent workplace falls. Walk through your workplace and identify trip hazards or remove them if possible.

If unable to remove them, make sure they are conspicuous by posting warning signs and/or marking them in a bright, reflective color. Add slip-resistant mats or coatings in high-risk areas like ramps and stairways.

Make sure to have an inclement weather plan to address slick floors and entryways when it rains or snows.  Improve housekeeping measures by making sure supplies are properly stored and floors stay dry and clean.

Taking steps to prevent falls will protect your employees and your bottom line. So will making sure you have comprehensive workers’ compensation insurance. Contact us at Goodrich & Watson today.

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