Stopping Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slippery floors are common industrial hazards. Whatever the cause, slips can cause severe issues and lead to numerous different types of injuries.
OSHA cited more fall protection violations than any other category in 20191. Prime places for these accidents include:
- Elevated surfaces
- Overhead platforms
- Worn flooring areas
The nature of manufacturing means that your floors can, on occasion, present industrial hazards to those working there. But some industrial safety solutions can minimize the risk and lower the chance of someone being injured.
Applying non-slip floor coatings across your plant can reduce the risk of slips and falls. This is especially important in problem areas that have high foot traffic, or are close to liquids, leaks, or common slip hazards.
At Henkel, we offer a range of non-slip options designed to improve underfoot conditions and keep people as safe as possible at work. These include:
- LOCTITE® PC 6249
- LOCTITE® PC 6317
- LOCTITE® Anti-Slip Floor Coatings
Identifying the source of a slippery surface, such as a leak or a spill, and making sure to eliminate this cause, is also vital to create a safer working environment.
Falls are among the most common causes of accidents, so fall protection is among the most meticulous of standards to uphold. Consider installing guardrails, toe boards, and stair railings to provide protection when workers are moving around your plant.
Leaks are also common hazards in the manufacturing industry. That’s why, in many plants, you’ll hear hissing noises as air escapes from places it shouldn’t. Many people simply accept leaks as part and parcel of working in a manufacturing plant. But this doesn’t have to be the case.
Leaks can be prevented with the right tools, maintenance, and products. Minimize the risk of slips, trips, and falls, as well as contamination, before they occur, or get worse.
For example, a steam leak will often start as a tiny pinhole-sized leak. If left untreated, this will quickly grow, cutting through metal and causing serious damage and risk to anyone working nearby. Treat the leak early on with the relevant sealant, however, and you can prevent it from expanding, avoiding any dangerous leaks and expensive downtime.
- Fluid leaks can lead to slippery surfaces and reduce performance efficiencies of parts, components, and complete machinery.
- Gas leaks can introduce an additional health hazard to workers if not detected quickly enough.
Browse the range of various Henkel industrial sealants to find out how our solutions can help prevent leaks by keeping components of your machinery air and/or watertight where required.