august 2020

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Avoiding Accidents
Before They Happen
BY LINO PATINO

Hundreds of people can pass through your facility daily without experiencing any harm. However, it is not enough to consider yourself lucky.

According to the National Safety Council, more than 25,000 slips, trips, and falls happen every day in the United States – that’s one every 17 minutes. If you aren’t diligent and proactive enough, your guests and employees can easily become another one of these stats.

Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to increase floor safety in your facility.

Review each of your common areas and find the three top safety considerations for each below. With diligence, your weekly “safety walks” will uncover fixable vulnerabilities and prevent unnecessary risks for all that enter your space.

Eyes on Entryways
Start your safety walk as a guest would in your parking lot, on the sidewalk, and then make your way up to the front door.
These are the spaces where guests create their first impression of your building. Carefully keep an eye on the following:
• What condition are the concrete, stone tiles and stairs in? Are there cracks that need filling or pavers that should be replaced? If you notice any immediate uneven areas or hard to see curbs or steps, clearly mark the area with signs, yellow paint, or yellow tape.
• Consider the climate. Do puddles form in a certain area, or snow or ice impact the walk into the space? Depending on the time of the year, make sure to have ice melt, salt, and anti-slip treads on hand to make surfaces less slick.
• When considering your overall safety plan, it may be a worthwhile investment to install additional handrails, add in external matting, install awnings for protection from the elements, and even add additional lighting sources for increased visibility and safety.

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