Philosopher Socrates once said: “To him whose feet hurt, everything hurts.”
If you’re like me, you occasionally take for granted how valuable our feet are and the immense factor they play in our well-being. When your job duties require you to stand for long periods of time, or work in areas that have potentially hazardous conditions such as slippery floors, you are at great risk for injury. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports slips, trips, and falls as the leading cause of OSHA recordable injuries with over 152,000 lost work days a year. 1 in 6 of all lost time accidents are a result of a slip, trip, or fall. According to OSHA slips, trips and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicles. However, you can do your part to prevent injuries by following safe work practices and equipping yourself appropriately.
Protective footwear is essential! In the same fashion that you select tires for your vehicle based on the weather conditions in the area of the country you reside in, protective footwear must be selected with your work conditions in mind. Your local ORR Safety account manager can work with you and your team to help identify the hazards in your facility or jobsite and help select the proper footwear for the application. “If you give your employee the correct boot, he does not mind where he places his foot”.
Besides selecting and wearing the correct footwear for the application, other steps can be taken to prevent slips, trips, and falls. Wet floors, slippery steps, chemical spills, machinery leaks are just some of the few factors that can result in a slip, trip or fall. Corralling these liquids or contaminates can go a long way in helping to reduce safety concerns.
Doing a simple floor audit with an ORR Safety account manager can help you gather ideas on how to contain potential spills to reduce the risk for injury in your facility.