As we come to the end of safety month, we want to address one of the most important safety topics: slips, trips, and falls. Seemingly innocent, these incidents are leading contributors to injury and even death in the workplace.

According to the 2016 edition of the National Safety Council Chartbook,“Injury Facts”, injuries from slips, trips, and falls resulted in 229,190 cases requiring days off from work and 724 workers deaths. These statistics are startling, making slips, trips, and falls a vital topic for any safety committee to discuss and have a prevention plan in place.

Slips and trips often occur when there is not enough traction between a person’s foot and the floor. These situations are worsened by liquid spills, and raised edges or worn down anti-fatigue matting. In addition, when anti-fatigue matting or carpeting becomes damaged or frayed, they can be a dangerous tripping hazards. In order to avoid these slips and trips hazards, make sure all spills are cleaned up properly and “wet floor” signs are utilized when necessary. Employees, should wear quality footwear with appropriate traction at all times . In addition, costly and short lasting anti-fatigue matting should be replaced with anti-fatigue insoles. MEGAComfort’s insoles are clinically designed to reduce pain and fatigue, and provide users direct contact with anti-fatigue support, while reducing the risk of slips, trips, and falls.

Falls are likely to occur in similar situations to slips and trips. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “circumstances associated with fall incidents in the work environment frequently involve slippery, cluttered, or unstable walking/working surfaces; unprotected edges; floor holes and wall openings; unsafely positioned ladders; and misused fall protection.”

Reducing slips, trips, and falls requires paying attention to your surroundings. Take note of wet or slippery floors, utilize proper signage, and replace any worn out anti-fatigue matting with affordable and personal anti-fatigue mat insoles. You can learn more about preventing slips, trips, and falls here.