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Injuries caused by slips, trips and falls are a major burden to employers, especially during the winter months. Wintertime snow and ice bring an increased risk of slips and falls due to slippery sidewalks, parking lots and work areas.
Employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits when an injury occurs in the course of employment. Generally, injuries sustained going to and coming from the workplace are not deemed to have occurred in the course of employment, but if your employee falls and is injured in your parking lot it’s likely the employee is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits—regardless of who’s responsible for snow removal. The National Safety Council estimated that slips, trips and falls account for about 15 percent to 20 percent of all workers’ compensation costs.
The suggestions below, compiled from workplace comp insurer SFM, based in Bloomington, Minn., will help keep your employees safe from slips and falls this winter.
Parking Lots and Sidewalks
Entrances and Exits
Communicating with Employees
Talk to employees about things they can do to avoid slips and falls this winter. Tips include:
Be watchful for the following hazards:
Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.
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