How to Prevent Slips Trips and Falls in the WorkplaceSlips, trips and falls are one of the most common workplace injury claims no matter what time of year, and wintry conditions can contribute to an even higher incidence of these injuries. Although this year we have not seen much snow (yet) remember that it’s almost springtime and we expect (and hope) our snowiest time to be coming soon. Here is some essential information to help protect yourself and your employees during a winter storm and every day.True or false?Slips trips and falls are one of the most common and serious workplace injuries in America.True. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) slips, trips and falls are the cause of the most common and the most serious injuries in the workplace. It's no different with the employers we insure. It is important to note that many of these injuries are a result of falls from heights, but these injuries can also happen in other contexts within the workplace.I only need to take precautions against slip, trip and fall injuries during the winter months.False. Wintry weather might lead you to believe snow and ice are the leading cause of slips, trips and falls in Colorado’s workplaces. Of course, wet and snowy conditions do lead to a higher incidence of these types of injuries, but they can be caused by other hazards such as boxes left in a walkway, liquid spills on the floor or debris around the work site. Make sure you are taking the right precautions no matter what the season.Slips, trips and falls are not preventable.False. Many people believe slips and trips are part of life and can’t be prevented. However, most slips and falls are a result of a specific factor or combination of factors that employers can take steps to eliminate. Review management practices that contribute to the presence of hazards and then implement policies to address those hazards. Basic policies such as instituting a routine cleaning schedule can go a long way. It’s also important to hold everyone in the workplace accountable for jobs like housekeeping, keeping walkways free of boxes and other storage items, and cleaning up slippery or wet areas.There’s nothing I can do right away to protect my employees during winter weather.False. There are things you can do tomorrow to help prevent slip, trip and fall injuries. Martin Insurance Group recommends these top five tips to protect yourself and your employees from slip, trip and fall injuries in the snow:1. Wear boots or shoes with slip-resistant soles.2. Be alert on stairs and ramps. Always use handrails.3. Take small steps – walk like a penguin!4. Take your time and avoid distractions.5. Use three points of contact when entering and exiting vehicles – use two hands and one foot or use two feet and one hand.Have more questions? Martin Insurance Group has more resources that can help. Call our office today and speak with one of our commercial agency at 970-963-6161 or at 888.872.7115.