Walk Safely

You’ve been walking for most of your life. You walk without thinking and often without looking. When you’re at home, we know where the furniture is, where the steps are, and where doors and appliances are. Accidents happen when a child leaves a toy on the floor, the dog stretches out across a walk area, or someone moves a piece of furniture without telling you. If you’re not looking where you’re walking, you risk becoming an injury statistic!

At work, you know where every single thing is located in your offices or at your workstations. Unfortunately, the moment you move outside your area, you should treat the environment as though you are a stranger there for the first time. That may sound odd, but it will ensure you aren’t injured at work.

No matter where you’re walking:

  • Stick to the approved walk areas.
  • Don’t be tempted to jump over obstacles to take shortcuts.
  • If you must read something, stop, read, and then proceed.
  • When going into restricted areas, check to see what safety regulations they have. Such as do you have to wear safety hat or goggles? Or do you have to wear special clothing?
  • Look around you and be alert to potential dangers.
  • Watch for moving vehicles or hand trucks.
  • Watch for headroom.
  • Make sure that loose fitting clothing doesn’t get near machinery or moving objects.
  • When going around blind corners, look at the corner mirrors if they have been provided.
  • If crossing an aisle, look both ways before you step into the aisle.
  • Use the handrail when going up or down stairs. It’s not necessary to have a death grip on the handrail, but if your hand is gliding along it, you will have no problem reaching the rail if you slip.
  • When going up and down stairs, put your full foot on the step. Failure to do so, or putting only the toes and ball of your foot on the step going up, can mean a fall.

Do these things sound like things you would do while out on the street? They are! When you’re on the job daily, it can be easy to become careless because everything is familiar. But when you stop paying close attention to what you’re doing, accidents happen.

 When you don’t stay focused on what you’re doing, you are more apt to have accidents. No matter where you are:

  • Check for blind spots.
  • Don’t get too close to power or hand trucks.
  • Stay out of restricted areas.
  • Watch for moving equipment.
  • Watch for possible hazards that cause slipping or tripping.

Every day people are injured because they are not paying attention to where they are going and what is happening around them. Focus on what you are doing, and STAY SAFE!