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Safety Matters: Avoiding Painful and Costly Slips

Working in a public garden means that your workday depends somewhat on the weather. Wet walking surfaces both indoors and out can present serious slipping hazards for you, your co-workers and guests.

In fact, surfaces that are wet for any reason—weather-related or not—are a workplace hazard. Water can come from rain, watering plants, cleaning, accidental spills, winter conditions or activities that require the use of water. Slipping on a wet surface can result in bruises, strains and sprains, lacerations, fractures, head trauma and even fatality. In addition to pain, you could be looking at lost wages. There are several steps you can take to keep yourself and your team safe.