It’s not a coincidence that out of all the seasons, occupational health specialists worry most about rainy weather that occurs in the winter and spring. This is because these are the times when accidents such as slip-and-falls and car crashes are most likely to happen.
These accidents can happen anywhere, not just on the roads. In fact, if you’re not mindful, you could see a spike in your injured or sickly staff during this time of the year.
Slippery When Wet
The most common correlation of wet weather and accidents is the effect that it has on surfaces. The type of flooring in your workplace will have a direct consequence for the safety of your staff, especially if it is the type to become slippery when wet. Laminates, tiles, marble, or any other kind of surface that becomes slick are potentially dangerous.
You don’t have to sacrifice your flooring quality, though, to protect your staff. A workaround is possible, such as using non-slip carpets and rugs. This way, there is a surface area that employees can safely walk on, even with wet shoes.
Another way to prevent your floor from getting wet and slippery is to provide umbrella bags. As such, wet umbrellas won’t be as likely to drip water on the floor.
Keep Overhead Spaces Clear
If you have trees within your company grounds, it’s recommended that you have the low-hanging branches trimmed. Strong gusts of wind that usually accompany bad weather can easily make branches become a weapon against unsuspecting employees and property.
Outdoor electrical lines must also be properly secured to ensure that there won’t be any risk of them getting damaged in high winds and becoming a threat to employees.
Other spaces, such as the parking lot, should be regularly maintained to keep them clear of debris. During winter, the ground can be covered in snow or sleet, making it extremely slippery. Employees must be able to walk safely to their cars without encountering any unfortunate incidents.
Be Ready for Injuries
Sometimes accidents simply cannot be avoided no matter how much you prepare to avoid them. Coordinate with competent occupational health services, such as U.S. HealthWorks, so that your staff will know what to do in case a colleague does become a victim of a rainy day slip-and-fall incident.
How Rain and Bad Weather Can Result in Slip-And-Fall Accidents.
Wet Weather Safety Tips. Stanford University.