At Pilgrim Mat Services, we know that to help minimize your risk, you can’t afford not to invest in a mat rental program. High quality and well-placed mats can make a huge difference in your legal exposure for your business.
According to a recently released report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal falls, slips or trips took the lives of 699 workers in 2013. Non-fatal falls, slips and trips make up the majority of general industry accidents, which accounts for approximately 25% of all reported injury claims per fiscal year and more than 95 million lost work days per year.
Between wet leaves that are dragged into your business (or reside just outside the door) to the icy and potentially snowy conditions that do indeed exist here in the metro Atlanta and North Georgia areas, the chances of a fall, slip or trip are greatly increased. This means a hefty cost for the employees, family members and the employer.
Here are a few key points to consider when keeping your workplace safe from unnecessary winter time slips and falls and reducing your risk:
1) Realize not only your employees, but also your visitors are at risk of injury and you are liable. According to the National Safety Council, office settings are at risk just as factories or plant floors. Employees are 2 ½ times more likely to suffer a risky fall in an office setting than anywhere else, especially when inclement weather conditions are a part of the equation. With the use of carpet and high quality floor mats, you can make the environment slip-resistant.
2) Enlist an inspection team. Safety and Health Magazine suggests creating a good self-inspection program to main floor and walkway conditions. If you are unsure how to create an inspection program, Pilgrim Mat Services’ NFSI-certified Auditors can consult with you and create you a plan that helps you minimize risks.
3) Stay aware of your environment. Enlist an employee to help keep your business safe during rainy and wintery conditions. If you suspect an area inside your business or just outside could be a liability, make sure to contact your representative at Pilgrim Mat Services and they will take are of the risky situation immediately.
Keeping your business safe for your employees and visitors is our main priority. Let us show you the benefits of investing in a mat rental program to help you prevent those winter time slips and falls. For more information regarding the Pilgrim Mat Services rental program and other products we offer, please give us a call at (800) 939-2523.