A kind of unintended change in the contact between the feet and the ground causes slips and trips. Good housekeeping, quality of flooring, the right footwear, and the correct pace of walking are needed to prevent the fall incidents.
When good housekeeping is maintained the falls due to slips and trips can be prevented. For instance the slips that happen due to unclean surfaces, wet areas, debris on the floor, obstacles in walkways, open cabinets or storage drawers, unlit or dimly lit working areas, etc can all be taken care of by maintaining the premises and ensuring cleanliness.
Good housekeeping ensures a clutter free area preventing people from slipping and falling. There is no use of good flooring, special footwear or correct walking techniques if the simple housekeeping is not maintained. All of the other measures are ineffective before a bad housekeeping.
The next step to ensure prevention of slips and trips is changing or modifying the walking surfaces to make it danger free. The floors have to be recoated or replaced in case they require it. Mats need to be installed to make sure no slipping happens. Synthetic decking improves safety and reduces risk of falling.
The right footwear especially in the work spaces where floors are oily or wet can prevent slips and tripping. There is no footwear to prevent slipping but consultation with the manufacturers’ is highly recommended. Proper fitting footwear gives comfort and prevents fatigue. This way the safety of the employees can be improved. Extra footwear near such offices and factories need to be placed in case of guests visiting the area.