The slip, trip and fall category is the third most common type of non-fatal work-related injury in the United States. Recent data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 50% of all same-level falls resulted in more than 10 days away from work. These injuries are estimated to cost businesses $13 billion in direct costs annually.
Does Slip-Resistant Footwear Reduce Slips and Falls?
A question that often gets asked after sharing slip-and-fall statistics is, “Do slip-resistant shoes actually reduce workplace slips and falls?” Recently, a study involving workers from 226 school districts and titled “Effectiveness of a no-cost-to workers, slip-resistant footwear program for reducing slipping related injuries in food service workers” was published by the Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health to shed light on that question. Download a helpful infographic of the study.
Avoiding Winter Slips and Falls
Winter months in the Pacific Northwest present additional hazards that typically are not encountered during the summer months. Long and dark days, wet and rainy weather and unpredictable icy conditions can all lead to slip-and-fall injuries. It is vital during the dark days of winter to take extra caution in protecting team members and self. Download helpful tips on preventing slip-and-fall hazards during the winter months.