Warning signs 'crucial' to reducing workplace trips and falls
Posted by Ben Alexander.
Warning signs have an important role to play in reducing the risk of trips and falls in the workplace, it has been claimed.
Jason Beahm, writing on the FindLaw.com blog, says that by not taking steps to avoid such accidents, firms could be putting themselves at risk of liability, should something happen.
Mr Beahm identifies three areas where slips and falls often occur: floors, stairs, and escalators and lifts.
Because it is important to keep floors dry and clear, warning signs should be put up after a floor has been cleaned so employees and workplace visitors know it is wet and potentially slippery.
Failing to put up a sign when the floor is wet is putting your business at risk for slip and fall accidents, Mr Beahm warns.
"Small business slip and fall incidents can be very costly," he writes. "In sum, make sure that your business is being vigilant about the potential liability of slip and fall accidents."
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, slips, trips and falls account for about 40 per cent of all major injuries at work.
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