The effect of floor markings on workflow and safety

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

There are a number of benefits that employers in New Jersey can reap just by laying down floor markings around the facility. First off are the safety benefits. Employers can place reflective or fluorescent markings around structures like ramps, loading docks and beams as well as equipment that is easily overlooked, including electrical outlets and control panels.

Every facility has its own unique safety hazards, and floor markings can point these out, complementing the more general safety procedures that workers are aware of. Markings can also serve as an extension of the site’s visual communication. Reminders to wear the right PPE or return tools to their proper places can be clearly spelled out.

In high-traffic areas, it’s all too common for workers to be hurt, for example in being struck by a forklift. Floor markings can highlight these areas, and pre-cut markings in the shape of dots or footprints can lead workers and visitors down a safe path. Employers can have markings that optimize their emergency action plan by pointing out emergency routes and by warning workers not to block fire extinguishers and first-aid stations.

Floor markings also improve job efficiency and workflow. They reduce clutter, and workers will not need to ask as many questions about how each area of the facility operates.

Still, preventative measures cannot keep all work accidents from occurring. This is why employers have workers’ compensation insurance. As for the victims of on-the-job accidents, they may want to see a lawyer once they reach maximum medical improvement. A lawyer may assist with the filing of the claim and, if the employer denies benefits, with the mounting of an appeal.