Guidelines to prevent workplace slips, trips and falls
It's probably happened to most of us. That momentary lapse of inattention thinking about a personal problem or distracted
by an activity that ends in a slip, trip or fall. It can lead to a variety of regrettable events ranging from a simple bruised shin to an extremely serious injury. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general
industry accidents, which account for:
15 percent of all accidental deaths per year, the second-leading cause behind motor vehicles
About 25 percent of all reported injury claims per fiscal year
More than 95 million lost work days per year - about 65 percent of all work days lost
In general, slips and trips occur due to a loss of traction between the shoe and the walking surface or an inadvertent
contact with a fixed or moveable object which may lead to a fall. There are a variety of situations that may cause slips, trips and falls. Here are six guidelines to help you create a safer working environment for you and your employees.
1) Create Good Housekeeping Practices
Good housekeeping is critical. Safety and housekeeping go hand-in-hand. If your facility's housekeeping habits are poor, the result may be a higher incidence of employee injuries, ever-increasing insurance costs and regulatory citations. If an organization's
facilities are noticeably clean and well organized, it is a good indication that its overall safety program is effective as well.
2) Reduce Wet or Slippery Surfaces
Walking surfaces account for a significant portion of injuries reported by state agencies. Traction on outdoor surfaces can change considerably when weather conditions change. Those conditions can then affect indoor surfaces as moisture is tracked in by pedestrian
traffic. Traction control procedures should be constantly monitored for their effectiveness.
3) Avoid Creating Obstacles in Aisles and Walkways
Injuries can also result from trips caused by obstacles, clutter, materials and equipment in aisles, entranceways and stairwells. Proper housekeeping in work and traffic areas is still the most effective control measure in avoiding the proliferation of these
types of hazards. This means having policies or procedures in place and allowing time for cleaning areas.
4) Create and Maintain Proper Lighting
Poor lighting in the workplace is associated with an increase in accidents.
5) Wear Proper Shoes
The shoes we wear can play a big part in preventing falls. The slickness of the soles and the type of heels worn need to be evaluated to avoid slips, trips and falls. Shoelaces need to be tied correctly.
6) Control Individual Behavior
This condition is the toughest to control. It is human nature to let our guard down for two seconds and be distracted by random thoughts or doing multiple activities. Being in a hurry will result in walking too fast or running which increases the chances of
a slip, trip or fall. It's ultimately up to each individual to plan, stay alert and pay attention.
Don't Forget - Ohio BWC Prospective Billing To Begin This Summer
Employers in Ohio should have received by now a
Notice of Estimated Premium from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). This notice is part of BWC's move toward a new, prospective billing system for workers' compensation premium. Beginning in August, Ohio employers will begin to pay workers'
compensation premium for a coverage period in the future rather than in arrears. The BWC
Notice of Estimated Premium mailed last month advises employers what their annual premium will be for the 2015 policy year period (July 2015 through June 2016) and the payroll used to calculate that premium.
As BWC transitions to this new payment model, employers will follow a bi-monthly payment schedule. Under this payment plan, the first prospective
premium payment will be due by August 31, 2015 and will apply to coverage in September and October. Subsequent premium payment deadlines are:
November 2, 2015 (November/December coverage)
December 31, 2015 (January/February coverage)
March 2, 2016 (March/April coverage)
May 2, 2016 (May/June coverage)
In addition, if there have been significant changes to employers' operations that have impacted payroll, employers may want to communicate
those changes to BWC to determine a more accurate premium.
One final important reminder is that BWC will also mail a payroll report for the January 2015 through June 2015 coverage period by early
July. Employers will need to report payroll for this period, but do NOT need to pay premium. BWC will provide a credit for this premium to prevent a double payment as they transition to the new model. In addition, BWC will provide a credit for the first two
months of premium in the 2015 policy year (July and August).
Please feel free to call Julia Hall, Program Manager at CareWorksComp, with any question on prospective premium. Julia can be reached at
(937)226-8280 or via email at