Workplace Safety: Preventing Slips & Falls

Workplace Safety: Preventing Slips & Falls

Matt Nieszczur
6 minute read

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On this episode of Warehouse Safety Tips, we’re going to discuss sliding, falling, tripping, and slipping in the workplace.


The first portion of this episode covers something that’s usually within your control -- safety hazards.

Think of these as the hazards you as a visitor, employee, and/or management can spot as a potential or current issue. These things can usually be identified pretty easily.

These include (but aren’t in any way limited to)

  • Pallets in the way of walk/vehicle paths.

  • Damaged pallets that aren’t fit to hold product or could injure someone.

  • Staff walking in places they shouldn’t be.

  • Items left lying around your facility that should be picked up and/or put/thrown away.

  • Staff not using proper harnesses when working in areas that require it.

Almost all of these can be remedied with two things.

  • First – the proper Safety Markings. Safety Tape, Angles, and Signs indicate caution areas and make sure there’s a place for everything and everything’s in its place.

  • Second – staff paying attention to and following those Safety Markings. As we discussed in our first Podcast – following the 5S Methodology, you can prevent a lot of potential issues by just being proactive.


Slipping Hazard Prevention

If you’ve ever been to or worked in a warehouse – you know just how important safety is to both management and staff.  It’s almost impossible to go 10 steps without seeing Safety Tape, Angles, Signs, and/or products. When speaking about hazards in the first part of this Podcast, we said they’re usually within your control. We said usually, because sometimes they aren’t. Case in point, the second portion of our Podcast discusses situations where water, slush, ice, snow, oil, lubricants, and/or other situations cause surfaces to become slick. 


As important as it is to keep pallets and items clear from areas they don’t belong, it’s equally as important to keep areas inside and outside your facility dry and/or slip free. At the time of this Podcast, it’s Winter in Ohio. Here in our state, Winter comes in a lot of different forms. Sometimes it brings dry weather, sometimes snow, and more often than not it’s somewhere in-between. To maintain safety, your facility has to be prepared for all situations.


The following are just a few ways to avoid these scenarios:

  • As simple as it might sound, keeping areas dry is the first step. This can be done via regular mopping and squeegeeing, to assure areas are dry, running fans/heaters, and/or having absorbent mats at entrances and trouble areas.

  • Having staff report areas that are wet is yet another simple step. Maintenance can’t address what they don’t know about.

  • Consistent maintenance of the outdoors via shoveling and/or putting down ice melt whenever snow is an issue. Training staff to stomp their feet and wipe them on mats to try and avoid dragging wet, snow, and/or ice-covered footwear onto dry areas.

  • Putting down Wet Floor Signs to alert staff to areas that have slick surfaces.

  • And making sure staff wears the proper protective and slip resistance footwear to guard against falls.


Slick surfaces aren’t caused by just the weather. Here are some of the other situations that you need to be aware of.

  • Machines and equipment in your facility can leak oil and/or lubricants. It’s very important to avoid leaks and spills while filling these liquids. These types of situations may require special clean up procedures and equipment, such as spill pads, socks, and absorbent mats.

  • Putting out signs on the floor and/or creating permanent signs that indicate special attention to the area may need to be displayed.

  • Again – special footwear may need to be worn.

  • And last but not least – making maintenance aware of these areas is extremely important.


Thank you for listening to Episode Four of Warehouse Safety Tips – and have SAFE day!



Information from Warehouse Safety Tips!

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