If you are the manager of the factory, the last thing you want is for your workers to accidentally slip, fall, and injure themselves. This means that you have one less employee to do his or her job and productivity might suffer. You also will worry about the health of that valuable employee. Here are some tips for making sure that you are doing all that you can to prevent falls in your factory.
1. Increase Traction in Areas That Get Wet
If you work with steam in any part of your factory, you might experience some condensation that will result in the floors nearby being wet. This can be a serious hazard to your employees who might be carrying something heavy or otherwise working and not expecting the floor to be slippery. In order to reduce the chances that this situation causes someone to fall, add traction to to the floors that often become wet due to condensation. This can be done by having your floors sandblasted so that it has a defined texture, making it easier for work boots to adhere to it and reducing the chances that it will become slick.
2. Put Up Signs
Anywhere that might pose a fall risk, such as wet areas mentioned above or places with uneven ground, make sure that you put up signs that will alert people to this potential danger and allow them to take steps to care about their own safety. Be sure that you add mats wherever necessary for people to wipe off their boots to get rid of any moisture or debris.
3. Keep Walkways Clear
Enforce a strict clear walkway policy that states that nothing can be left in an area where traffic is likely to be. This will help reduce the number of obstacles that are in areas where people are walking and therefore make it easier for people to navigate without risking a slip.
4. Increase Lighting
Finally, be sure that you have appropriate lighting everywhere in your factory, including stairwells. If people can see where they are going, they will be much less likely to trip and fall. Have uneven surfaces illuminated directly to help draw the eye to areas where people will need to step more carefully.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in helping create fall risk management plans for job sites and factories. They will be able to create a fall prevention plan specific to your own factory.