It’s not as difficult as you may think to reduce – and even eliminate – winter slips and falls on ice and snow. In fact, here are three ways to reduce accidents:
1. Eliminate The Act of Walking on Compromised Surfaces
Think about all of the slip and fall accidents and slip hazard jobs that happened in your organization last winter while working outdoors and indoors. If you can eliminate walking in those areas, all of those accidents go away, right? And while this is easier said than done, it’s not impossible. Accomplishing this in one or two areas will make a dramatic difference inreducing your accident rate. I’ve seen industries, such as utilities, take a job function like meter reading and eliminate the need to walk to the meters by converting to remote electronic reading. This is a perfect example of eliminating exposure to the compromised surface.
If you think about all of the accidents that happened in the past year and replayed those situations with cleaned and treated walking surfaces, most of those slip and fall accidents would not have occurred. Shovel, salt and sand and you’ll see the accidents decrease. Where this technique tends to get a little tricky is when your employee is faced with a walking surface that is not governed by your organization. You can clean your office parking lot, but you can’t clean public lots or walkways, and if your employee regularly walks off company grounds, your options may be limited.
3. Improve The Traction Underfoot
This is likely the most effective of the three techniques, with no jobs to eliminate and no public areas to care for. Simply put, where there are slips and falls, there are feet! If youincrease the traction under those feet, you will greatly reduce, and in many cases eliminate, slips and falls on ice and snow. Traction elements, like ice cleats, ice spikes and abrasive, sandpaper-like grit, can increase the traction with every step your employees take this winter.
Apply these three methods of attack to slip hazard jobs while working outdoors and a reduction in slips and falls will be your reward.
Imagine how much time you might get back in your day not having to field complaints about ice cleats! Contact us and we’ll fill you in on the other benefits of Transitional Traction.
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Jonathan Bell is President and CEO of Winter Walking. He has been helping organizations across a wide variety of business sectors prevent workplace slips and falls in ice and snow for over 20 years. Winter Walking currently helps some of the world’s largest organizations keep their employees both safer and more productive while working outdoors in the winter season. Contact [email protected] or visit www.winterwalking.com.