Over one-fifth of serious worker's compensation claims resulted from a trip, slip or fall. With such a high rate of significant fall-related injuries in the workplace, it is imperative that organisations proactively strive to manage this risk.
While there are many factors that contribute to such an occurrence, the working surface at a job site plays a pivotal role in either enabling or preventing trips, slips and falls. Putting fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) grating in place can help eliminate the hazards that cause these accidents.
Addressing fall prevention from the ground up
According to Safe Work Australia's records on worker compensation claims from 2013-2014, nearly 24,000 serious injuries - representing 22.4 per cent of all major claims - resulted from a slip- or fall-related workplace injury.
In its Slips and Trips at the Workplace fact sheet, Safe Work Australia notes that the ideal control measures to prevent falls should come into play when designing a work site - the types of surfaces employees will traverse and work on is key in this regard. The organisation also points out that fibreglass-based gratings are an ideal material for walkways in slip-prone settings.
Let's look at how FRP grating helps create a safer working environment.
Mitigating falls with FRP walkways
When considering how slips and falls occur, we must look at two factors: hazards on the walkway and the surface itself. The construction of FRP grating accounts for both.
With a 70 per cent open area, most solids and liquids easily fall through FRP grating.
Tripping hazards often occur when solids or liquids wind up obstructing footpaths - a particular concern in many settings such as manufacturing plants, wastewater treatment facilities, quarrying and mining operations, and many others. If these obstructions are not promptly removed, workers can trip or slip on them - especially if they are distracted by other tasks.
FRP grating features a 70 per cent open area, allowing all liquids and most solids to easily fall through the apertures in the walkway. Thanks to these openings, most hazards cannot gather on paths with heavy traffic.
For further protection against slipping, FRP grating can be ordered with an anti-skid surface. This option includes a coarse grit within the resin on the walking surface, giving workers extra grip and friction.
It's clear that FRP grating solutions can go a long way in reducing the risks for falls and slips in the workplace. Contact Webforge today to learn more.