Safety Tips

Winter Weather Slip and Fall Prevention Tips

In the U.K. we have had an interesting winter so far and it's only mid December! Whilst our kids are loving the snow days, all of the adults I've spoken to say enough is enough this winter.

We have all experienced how wintry conditions can cause chaos on the motorways and the roads. But the hazards don't end on the roads. Winter's snow and ice and the things we use to move and melt them can cause havoc on footpaths, car parks, entranceways and roofs at your workplace causing slip and fall hazards.

I'm sure that we can all agree that the last thing anyone needs at this time of year is an injury due to a slip, trip or fall. The season is already crammed with gifts to buy, meals to cook, families to visit and presents to be unwrapped. So we want to help! Here are some suggestions for preventing costly accidents in wintry conditions at your workplace:

1. Protect car parks and icy walkways from trips

Salt and ice melt can help prevent slips and falls on icy walkways. Be sure to collect and properly dispose of excess product to help minimise damage to walking surfaces.

Crews performing this duty can note cracks, potholes or uneven walking surfaces that may have been caused by inclement weather. Unexpected variations in a walking surface are a common cause of slips and falls injuries.

2. Keeping people off the grass to avoid muddy trails

Plowed snow can pile up at the edge of car parks and other perimeters, sometimes harming grass and landscaping. Snow and ice can also make people divert through grass-covered areas, forming slippery, muddy trails.

Temporary barriers, such as those used at construction areas, can help bar people from areas where new grass has been planted. Groundskeepers can use staked or freestanding posts, so that there's flexibility for use in different areas.

3. Care for vulnerable entranceways and exits

Whilst salt and ice melt protect outdoor walkways, they can get tracked inside and cause a slip hazard. Also, workers have wet wellies or shoes and can track water and mud throughout a facility - a very dangerous situation. The best solution is to use Entrance Mats at entrances and exits to capture liquid and mud at the door to prevent them from spreading throughout a facility.

4. Defend against roof leaks

The weight of heavy snow and ice can cause dangerous roof leaks. But liquid doesn't need to hit the floor directly. Divert and capture roof leaks with Roof Leak Diverters to protect machinery and inventory whilst providing workers with a slip-free working environment.

Recovering from the wrath of Old Man Winter doesn't happen overnight. But by working together employers and employees can help provide the safest work environment possible.

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