Industry experts estimate that slips, trips and falls account for nearly 15 percent of all workers'' compensation claims, with the average cost of injury reaching almost $19,000.
Fortunately, the following easy steps can help prevent these costly accidents.Institute a safety policy
A workplace safety policy should not only help employees recognize hazards, but also provide details on managing and preventing such hazards.
Should an accident occur, promptly file an accurate incident report and take steps to prevent future accidents.Eliminate the hazards
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reported that approximately half of slip and trip accidents result from wet, unclean, or damaged surfaces. To avoid these accidents:
Maintain compliance through continual reviews and employee education — the real keys to a successful program and a safe work environment.
Casey J. Cormier is the director of Creative Endeavors for Angel-GUARD Products, Inc., a Worcester, MA-based manufacturer of safety, rescue and industrial products.