Workplace injuries such as slips, trips and falls spiked 10 percent to 793 in 2014 from 724 in 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Fatal injuries in the industrial manufacturing industry was 9 percent higher in 2014 compared to 2013.
When workplace accidents and injuries occur, employers can experience a loss of productivity and business, increased workman comp insurance premiums and costs associated with training a new worker.
The employee may experience lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses, pain, temporary or permanent disability, reduced quality of life or even death.
While the number of workplace accidents are growing, most can be prevented by maintaining clear and clean work areas, according to the U.S Department of Labor.
When wet spills, such as grease, oil or mud happen, the key in preventing accidents is to make sure the spill is properly removed by using products that have a bulky fabric, which is highly absorbent and hold twice its weight in liquid, such as Cascades PRO Tuff-JobTM Airlaid Wipers.
For dry spills, such as dust, powders and granules, that make walking surfaces slippery and the build-up impacts the life and performance of equipment, a high-efficient vacuum system is the preferred way to remove the substance. If that's not an option, consider a product that is designed for durability and can be used in all cleaning and wiping applications, such as Cascades PRO Tuff-JobTM High Performance Wipers.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, some of the most common workplace injuries happen on highly-polished floors, freshly-waxed surfaces and moving from one surface to another, such as carpet to vinyl. Sloped walking surfaces, loose rugs and floorboards, wet or greasy shoes and ramps without skid- or slip-resistant surfaces also contribute to workplace accidents.
To prevent injuries, incorporate these practices into the company's safety plan:
- Follow safe walking practices and routes
- Wear proper footwear with good traction
- Maintain clear work areas that are free of clutter
Following these guidelines and backing them up with the appropriate cleaning products can lead to a safer work environment.
Source: Cascades PRO