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6 Tips for Preventing Workplace Injuries

When most people think about housekeeping, cleaning floors, putting away belongings, and organizing the home all come to mind. In a work setting, however, it should be taken to another level.

Housekeeping is essential to safe workplaces, preventing injuries and improving productivity and morale. Additionally, having a safe work environment can help an employer avoid potential fines for non-compliance. Whether you work in an office building, a warehouse, a plant, or a construction site, all workplace safety programs should incorporate housekeeping and every employee should be involved.

The following are six tips for preventing workplace injuries:

  • Prevent slips and falls. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips, and falls were the second-leading cause of nonfatal occupational injuries which resulted in time off from work in 2013. All workplaces should remain clean, orderly, and in a sanitary condition. Report and clean up any spills and leaks, replace worn or damaged flooring, and consider installing anti-slip flooring in areas that are difficult to clean.
  • Wear personal protective equipment. Many workers’ compensation cases arise from employees who fail to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when cleaning up spills or other material. While performing housekeeping, wear basic PPE such as safety glasses and closed-toe shoes.
  • Prevent falling objects. Toe rail, toe board, or net can help prevent objects from falling and hitting employees or equipment. Place heavier objects on the lower shelves. Keep equipment and debris away from the edges of desks and tables.
  • Eliminate fire hazards. Do not keep unnecessary combustible materials from accumulating in the workplace. Store flammable materials in a designated location away from ignition sources. Additionally, keep them at least 18 inches away from automatic sprinklers and fire extinguishers.
  • Avoid clutter. When a work area is cluttered, cuts and laceration injuries are more likely to occur. You’re not going to have as much room to move around and work.
  • Create written rules. Housekeeping policies should be put in writing to make them formal and defined. Written rules should determine which tools, cleaners, and methods should be used to keep the work environment safe.

If you have been injured at the workplace in Georgia, request a free consultation with our Woodstock workers’ compensation attorneys.