Preventing Workplace Accidents on the Stairs

Preventing Workplace Accidents on the Stairs

Stair safety in the workplace.  

Slips and falls continue to be a common issue in the workplace, with stairs being one of the largest influencers. A combination of deficiencies in design, lighting, visibility, and attention are usually the culprits in stairway slips, trips, and falls. To help reduce these accidents in your operation, check out the recommendations below.

Riser and Tread Design

According to research, pedestrians view only the first and last three steps. Therefore, the design of the top three and bottom three steps is very important. The tread surfaces and floor surfaces leading to the stairway should be slip-resistant. Additionally, all tread and riser dimensions should be uniform throughout the entire stairway. Stairways with more than 12 steps should have an intermediate landing.

Stairway Visibility

Poor visibility of both risers and treads can lead to misleading the stair edge, which can cause faulty foot replacement and an accident. Increase visibility by:

  • Providing visual contrast on tread nosings, or at the leading edges of treads without nosings so that stair treads are more visible for people with low vision.
  • Highlight each step using lighting in areas of low light.
  • Post signs calling attention to the stairway at waist height on the approaches from both directions.


Stair rails and handrails are needed for very different purposes. These features protect pedestrians from falling off the edge of the stairs or landings and keep their balance. Ensure you have both rails implemented to protect your guests.

We hope that you find these tips useful for preventing workplace accidents on the stairs. Visit the team at American Premier Insurance, serving Phoenix and neighboring cities in Arizona to get access to the right business insurance for your needs.