How to Avoid Slips, Trips and Falls

1. Practice good housekeeping

Wipe up spills, and keep walkways, steps and exits clear. Do not run extension cords across walkways. If you have to, secure them to the floor. Keep desk and file cabinet drawers closed when you’re not using them. Otherwise, unsuspecting co-workers might trip over them.

2. Move safely and avoid horseplay

Walk, don’t run, making sure to slow down at blind corners. If you are carrying a load, make sure you can see over it. And never engage in horseplay or take shortcuts, such as jumping off loading docks or machinery.

3. Dress for success

Slip-resistant footwear can help protect you from injury, but consider it your last line of defense against accidents. Make sure the shoe or boot is rated for the hazards you encounter. Replace shoes when the soles are worn. Here’s a rule of thumb: If you have a worn spot bigger than two pennies, it’s time for new shoes.

4. Work safely from heights

Learn how to set up, inspect and use ladders safely. On stairs, use the handrails, avoid distractions and take one step at a time. And always use fall protection equipment when required.