Hardly a year passes by without people in Australia suffering from injuries of varying severity due to a fall, a slip or trip.
This has not only resulted in millions upon millions being paid as compensation, but also caused thousands of lost workdays, leading to a considerable dip in overall national productivity rates.
So far, we have only mentioned the monetary aspect of the consequences of taking a bad fall.
The physical injuries caused from such accidents tend to be severe. Yet, they are rarely part of any considerations that corporations and government provide for the unfortunate people who have suffered. However, there are a few fairly common trip hazards that can be avoided easily if a bit of elementary prudence is exercised.
Proper lighting is of extreme importance at the workplace and at home. This is because poor or dim lighting is often a major reason for accidents. In order to ensure that trip hazards are kept to a bare minimum, the following precautions should be taken:
Quite a few injuries have been caused by tripping and falling because of obstacles, grease patches, clutter, boxes and cartons lying in and around entranceways and corridors in buildings. This becomes even more of an extremely dangerous hazard when objects are casually left on stairwells and staircases. An unfortunate person coming down the staircase in speed will surely trip and fall if these obstacles are not removed. Here are a few steps that can be taken to ensure this does not happen:
Always remember that “forewarned is forearmed.”
If the above steps are taken, it will go a long way in ensuring that the workplace remains hazard-free.