Each morning that you leave for work you likely don’t think about the safety issues that could cause you to suffer an injury unless you work in an inherently dangerous profession such as any of the emergency services or construction.
Workplace safety is an important topic that more employees need to focus on while at work and when off the job. One of the most common workplace accidents is slip and fall. Our slip and fall lawyer in Los Angeles provides the following tips for preventing slip and fall accidents in the workplace.
The most important thing you can do to prevent slip and fall accidents at work is to keep your immediate work area neat and clean. Everything has a place and it should be put away when not in use. The less clutter there is around your work area, the less likely it is that you will be involved in a slip and fall accident. You should also clean the floor of your work area often. This will remove stickiness and other debris that could cause you to fall.
Any and all types of cords and cables must be covered when they are in hallways, walkways, and any other area where foot traffic might be present. Cords don’t always lay flat on the ground and when they bubble up they can cause someone walking by to trip and fall. Cords are best covered with a heavy rug or by taping them down with masking tape.
The drawers of filing cabinets and doors of storage bins should be shut whenever you are done working with those items. For example, if you are browsing through a filing cabinet and find what you are looking for, make sure you close the drawer so no one walks into it, injuring themselves. The same can be said for any open doors that swing into the hallway. These doors should be kept closed at all times.
All burnt light bulbs should be replaced immediately. Proper lighting is important to your safety and the safety of everyone else around you. Even if the burnt-out light bulb is in your office, you need to replace it as soon as possible. When there isn’t proper lighting you are putting yourself at risk of falling and injuring yourself.
You should always wear shoes that fit properly. If the shoes you wear are too loose they can fall off and cause you to trip. You should also refrain from wearing open-toed shoes to work, no matter what it is you do for a living. The shoes you wear should be comfortable, especially if you stand for hours on end.