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Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

Prostart Chapter 3.2
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Whitney Hoffmann

on 17 September 2014

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Transcript of Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

Preventing Slips,
Trips and Falls

Cleaning Up Spills
Verbally warn guests and employees and direct them around the spill
Block the area and post a sign such as "Caution- Wet Floor"
Leave the sign in place until the area is safe
If cannot be cleaned up immediately use an absorbent compound to soak up liquid
Food Preparation
Have non-skid floors
Be careful during rush hour periods to avoid running into co-workers or guests
Never run or become involved in horseplay with other employees
Report any conditions that could cause someone to fall
Post signs to point out problem areas and reinforce safety
Dining Areas
Watch out for chairs or tables sticking into aisles ( all aisles should be 4 feet wide)
Clean up spills immediately on floors and carpets
Keep floor in good repair and clean regularly
Rug and Runner edges should be free of holes, tears, unfrayed, and should have a non-slip back.
Use non-skid floor mats in areas that often get wet, or slippery such as entrances, aisles, and serving areas.
Remind guests to step up or down for raised dining area
Outdoors
Check for weather hazards such as snow, ice, puddles, or oil slicks
Repair potholes and damaged pavement
Be sure to have adequate lighting
Be sure walkways are free of debris and trash
Most falls occur on steps, floors, and pavement outside buildings!

People are often paying attention to something else... talking, carrying objects, or daydreaming!
Stairs and Ramps
Provide adequate lighting
Clearly mark stairs and ramps
Be sure handrails are sturdy and secure
Check stair coverings for tears or ragged edges
Keep stairs free of obstacles
( DO NOT USE AS STORAGE AREAS)
Post signs wherever hazards might occur
Ladder Safety
Use a ladder if higher than shoulder level
Inspect ladders to make sure they are in good condition
One person should hold the bottom of the ladder and the other can climb to pass the items
Watch out for overhead obstacles
Rest the ladder on a clean, firm surface
Place ladder with in easy reach of items.
Never place on another item to make it taller
Lock the folding bar
Test its balance before climbing
Lock doors near the ladder, so that it does not open while someone is on the ladder
Don't use a metal ladder near electical wiring, service boxes, or equipment
use one hand to steady yourself while climbing
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