Walking is Working

Walking is Working

Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 604
25 January 2018

Walking Is Working

Please see enclosed a safety alert regarding incidents involving walking shared with us by ExxonMobil.

It is easy to overlook the risks involved with walking at work, as it’s an everyday task that is taken for granted. However, walking across work areas can have additional hazards, there are often uneven surfaces, trip hazards, or wet/slippery ground conditions that add additional risks. Often you are carrying materials or plant/tools, or are distracted by others on site.

When planning the job, look around the work area and general site, what is the floor surface condition? Are there any steps or kerbs? Are the weather conditions causing potential slippers surfaces?

Carry out a LMRA, document the hazards, and consider what your can do to control the risks.

If you can’t remove the hazard, can you avoid the area?

Consider moving storage/van locations to avoid having to walk across slippery surfaces or to reduce the distance you need to carry materials.

If the condition of the site is causing walking hazards to others (public, site staff or other contractors) on site, notify the site manager and report it as a PI or hazard spot.

Remember to continue the LMRA throughout the job, as site conditions can change over time.

If you are unable to adequately control the hazards, contact your line manager.

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