Wintery conditions increase the risk of slips and falls outdoors, leading to potentially serious and life-changing injuries. On a national scale, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report that 31% of all non-fatal injuries are caused as a result of slips, trips or falls on the same floor level.
To combat these statistics, Stocksigns has a wide range of outdoor construction safety signage in preparation for the weather taking a turn for the worst. Those who oversee the control of any outdoor site, especially construction sites, must work together to manage the potential risks and eliminate these risks, allowing people to move safely around the site.
- Slip, trip or fall on same level
- Handling, lifting or carrying
- Struck by moving object
- Fall from height
The main causes for slips and trips on these sites include uneven surfaces, obstacles, trailing leads and cables, wet or slippery surfaces and unexpected changes in the flooring level. Implementing the appropriate signage in locations where risks are high is a crucial safety tool to save injuries and even lives.
Traditional signage can sometimes be taken for granted, but the are legal requirements by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) which requires employers to protect against these hazards in the workplace.
Stocksigns essential hazard signs help alert and warn of potential dangers in and around a site. Hazard signs cover three main areas; Danger, Warning and Caution dependent on the severity of the threat. Made available in aluminium and rigid plastic, the Stocksigns Group range of construction safety signage are fully compliant with ISO 7010. The signage specialists are committee members of the Heath and Safety Sign Association, as well as being an active supporter and partner of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
It’s crucial for both employers and employees to be made aware of the risks when working in treacherous conditions outdoors. We have a duty as signage professionals to guide individuals in making the correct choices when implementing signage around a site, maximising the levels of safety and reducing the potential risks to themselves and others around them.