At first, this may sound a little ridiculous, but warning signs for spills can become a hazard themselves if not placed properly or if left out too long.
Wet floor signs are typically not a tripping hazard when they are:
- Set up properly
- Not placed in high-traffic areas
- Not the type of signs that frequently end up falling over by pedestrian traffic
If your organization uses this type of warning signs, it is important to give consideration to their placement and intended use. The placement should be at the source of the hazard. However, don’t think the use of a sign relieves you of responsibility for cleaning up a floor. The sign itself cannot take the place of adequate general housekeeping. All steps should be taken to remove slip hazards. This action will limit the length of time a warning sign is out. Then, remove the sign once the slip hazard is picked up or the area is dry from any wet mopping.
Leaving a sign up after slip hazard is removed or not monitoring the sign for falling over can create a potential trip hazard that you created.
Dan Cieslak is a Claims Services Consultant with Westfield Insurance located in Orlando, Florida. Dan brings over 37 years of multi-line claims experience having worked with several national carriers in various management positions. Dan received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. He also has his Senior Claims Law Associate designation from the American Educational Institute.