Prevent Employee Slips and Falls in Wet Areas

Loss Amount: $30,000

Situation: A veterinary assistant was bathing a dog in a raised tub. Soapy water splashed on the tile floors surrounding the tub, making them slippery. The employee slipped and fell in the water, straining
her lower back. She was off work recuperating for several days and then released to modified duty, with lifting and mobility restrictions. Subsequent treatment included months of physical therapy before the employee was released to full duties.

An investigation revealed there were no mats on the floor around the tub at the time of the accident and the employee was wearing athletic shoes.

Lesson Learned: There are several steps that can be taken to prevent slips and falls in wet areas of the practice.

  • Use appropriate slip-resistant mats.
  • Require employees to wear footwear with slip-resistant soles designed for wet surfaces, such as those offered to CVMA members at a discount from SHOES FOR CREWS®. The athletic shoes the employee was wearing in this case had rubber soles but they were insufficient under the circumstances.
  • Provide adequate drainage and maintain the drains to prevent obstructions.
  • Use non-skid flooring materials and suitable cleaning methods

For further assistance in preventing all types of losses, call VISC at 888.762.3143.