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Wadhams Drive for Five: Improving Safety, Reducing Slips & Falls

Slipping and falling produce the most work-related injuries, comprising 35% of incidents (and 65% of lost work days) across all industries according to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In the winter, the need to prevent these incidents is even greater. Transportation companies should focus particularly on safety since drivers and many other employees spend ample time outside walking in the snow and ice.

Why It Matters

When it comes to health and safety, we don’t cut corners. We believe they should be on any company’s list of top concerns. After all, in this area there’s no such thing as being over prepared. In this industry, our team members are our biggest assets, and it’s extremely important to us to ensure that we give them the tools and resources they need to stay safe on the job.

The Challenges

Operating out of the Northeast means that we need to consider seasonal changes when determining how best to support our drivers. In the winter months, snow and ice make slips and falls a big hazard for everyone, so this was a big priority for us.

Analysis & Diagnosis

To address this issue, we examined our current processes to determine what further steps could be taken. The biggest opportunity we identified was that it would be worthwhile to invest in anti-slip footwear for our drivers.

Concrete Steps

To promote a culture of safety and to encourage compliance, we held company-wide safety meetings and educational sessions, using them as opportunities to distribute traction aids to our drivers (we also demonstrated how to use them). These cleat-like accessories improve balance and traction in winter weather – just like athletes’ cleats improve traction on turf – and help reduce preventable injuries. So far this year, compliance is up significantly relative to last year, and the results look promising.

As with other items in our Drive for Five program, increasing safety from injuries is a work in progress. We not only aim to raise our standards but also unceasingly look for new areas in which to do so. Improvement is a continuous process—and we remain committed to it.