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Slips, Trips, and Falls Module 2. Ways to prevent slips, trips, and falls:. Designing the workplace and work processes Good housekeeping; maintaining clear pathways Safe walking practices Wearing proper footwear Falling “properly”.

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Slips, Trips, and FallsModule 2


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Ways to prevent slips, trips, and falls:

  • Designing the workplace and work processes

  • Good housekeeping; maintaining clear pathways

  • Safe walking practices

  • Wearing proper footwear

  • Falling “properly”

Note: This “Slips, Trips, and Falls” module mainly cover falls caused by slips and trips and fallsat the same level.

Module Two will Cover:


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Workplace/Work Process Design

  • Contain work processes to prevent discharge, splatter, or spillage of liquids, oils, particles, dusts, etc. onto floor.

  • local exhaust ventilation

  • extraction/collection systems

  • enclosures

  • work surfaces with raised or lipped edges

  • catch/drip pans, drain offs

Sander with dust collection system

  • Use drip trays to prevent or contain leaks of lubricant onto the floor from machinery; perform regularly scheduled maintenance to keep in good condition.


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Workplace/Work Process Design

Have adequate ventilation to keep oil, steam condensation, water and grease off floor.

Provide adequate lighting to keep work areas, aisles, and paths of travel well lit.


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Workplace/Work Process Design

Mark/highlight step edges and transition areas (changes in elevations). Use anti-skid paint.

Step edges are highlighted for better visibility to prevent a misstep and fall down the stairs.

Confusing the bottom step with the floor is a common occurrence when it’s not marked. No missing the last step here.

Make sure stairs have sufficient lighting and hand rails.


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Workplace/Work Process Design

Provide effective floor draining where water on the floor will occur

Install slip-resistant floors in high risk areas (entrances, kitchens).


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Workplace/Work Process Design

Apply slip-resistant coating or strips.

Skid-resistant coating on ramp. Note highlighted edges for better visibility to prevent walking off ramp and falling.

Slip-resistant strips on steps


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Workplace/Work Process Design

Use slip-/skid- resistant matting

Skid-resistant, anti-fatigue mats in kitchen and food preparation areas. Worker is also wearing slip-resistant shoes.


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Workplace/Work Process Design

Highlight or mark slip and trip hazards for better visibility.

Wheelchair accessible curb leading to building entrance is highlighted and the surface is dimpled for better visibility and traction.


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Maintaining Work Areas: Housekeeping

Housekeeping

  • Keep walkways, aisles, and stairs clear of materials, equipment, and other hazards.

  • Cover or secure(or suspend overhead on construction sites) cables, cords, wires, and hoses away from walkways and other paths of travel.

  • Make sure rugs or mats are flat and not bunched up.

Pathway is clearly marked and free of obstructions.


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Maintaining Work Areas: Housekeeping

  • Securely fasten unanchored loose rugs or mats with skid-resistant backing and carpet tape.

  • Close desk, cabinet, and file drawers and doors immediately after each use.

  • Keep the floor around work spaces free of boxes, cords, cables, materials, and other objects.

Organized and tidy work space


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Maintaining Work Areas: Housekeeping

Floor/Work Surface Care

  • Keep floors clean and free of water, mud, grease, debris, etc, and damage.

  • Clean spills immediately. Mop or sweep up any debris.

  • Repair any damages immediately, or replace if necessary.

  • Cone or block off area until surface is completely dry or repaired before allowing people to walk through the area.

Note: When mopping, avoid spreading the spillage and thus increasing the area of contamination.


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Maintaining Work Areas: Housekeeping

Clean surfaces according to recommended schedules. Follow cleaning and drying methods and procedures, using appropriate cleaning products.

Use an adequate number of highly visible wet floor signs or cones.

Remove signs and cones when area is dry.


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Safe Walking Practices

  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Look where you are going when you walk. Watch for slip and trip hazards in your work area and wherever you walk.

  • Walk, don’t run or rush. Give yourself enough time.

  • Do not engage in activities that distract your attention. Do not read, write, or work while you are walking.

  • Use the handrails when climbing or descending the stairs. Do not rush and skip steps.


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Safe Walking Practices

  • Check that your pathway is clear and your view is not blocked before you lift anything.

  • Don’t carry a load you can’t see over or around. Use a cart. Carry small loads close to your body.

  • When going to another floor/level, take the elevator if you are carrying a load requiring both hands.

  • Report any missing or broken stair rails and slippery or damaged flooring, loose or deteriorating carpeting. Repair or report floor problems, such as missing tiles.


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Safe Walking Practices

  • Walk carefully and slowly when you transition from one type of walking surface to another. Adjust your walking (pace, stride).

  • Take extra care when you come indoors with wet shoes or boots.

  • Slow down and take small careful steps if the surface is uneven, cluttered, slippery or at an angle.

  • Wear stable shoes with non-slip soles.


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Safe Walking Practices

If you must walk on a slippery or wet surface, do the following:

  • Wear high traction footwear

  • Take short, slow steps

  • Point your feet slightly outward to keep your center of balance under you

  • Pay attention to the surface you are walking on

  • Hold on to railings or other stable objects


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Mounting/Dismounting Equipment Safely

  • Clean footwear of mud, snow, ice, grease, or any other contamination.

  • Make sure running board, tread, step, foothold, and platform of equipment are also clean and dry of any contamination.

  • Always face equipment when mounting and dismounting.

  • Have a good hand-hold before stepping up.

  • Place your foot on the step or foothold just in front of your heel, under the arch.

  • Clean shoes

  • Clean foothold and step

  • Proper foot placement on step and foothold


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Courtesy of Construction Safety Association of Ontario

Mounting/Dismounting Equipment Safely

  • Maintain three-point contact at all times while getting onto/off of the equipment until reaching ground, cab, or stable platform.

  • one hand, two feet

  • two hands, one foot

Three-point contact:

  • Do not jump off when dismounting or getting off the bed of a truck or other part of the equipment. Step down carefully while facing equipment (reverse order of the pictures above).


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Climbing/Descending Ladders Safely

Follow the same procedures for mounting and dismounting equipment as for climbing and descending ladders.

  • Clean footwear of mud & debris.

  • Clean and dry rungs or steps.

  • Face the ladder at all times.

  • Have a good hand-hold before stepping up.

  • Place your foot on the step or rung just in front of your heel, under the arch.

  • Maintain three-point contact.

  • Do not jump off ladder; step down carefully.


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Wearing Proper Shoes

Wearing proper shoes can help prevent or reduce the risk of a slip, trip, and fall incident.

  • Footwear should fit snugly and comfortably.

  • Wear slip-resistant shoes/boots with good tread.

  • Keep your footwear clean and in good condition at all times.

  • Inspect regularly for any damage; repair or replace worn or defective footwear.

  • Replace shoes or soles before soles become worn smooth.

  • Don’t wear shoes with:

  • Leather or smooth-surfaced soles

  • Spiked/high heels

  • Taps on heels


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Wearing Proper Shoes

Wear shoes with slip-resistant soles or traction devices when walking or working on surfaces that are wet, greasy, icy, or other-wise slick (e.g., in kitchen areas, performing custodial work).

No footwear has anti-slip properties for every condition so make sure that the proper type of footwear is selected for the work conditions and for the type of flooring or walking/working surface.

Slip-resistant traction devices for snow and ice that fit over the soles

Steel-toed safety boots with oil-resistant soles


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Wearing Proper Shoes

The table below shows some types of soles with increased traction properties.

Consult with footwear manufacturers or your safety supplier for advice and assistance in selecting the appropriate type of footwear for your work place.

Wearing shoes with increased traction does not substitute for safe walking practices!


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Falling Properly

If you do fall, you can reduce the chance of serious injury if you:

  • Roll with the fall; don’t reach out. Let your body crumple and roll.

  • Bend your elbows and knees and use your legs and arms to absorb the fall.

  • Get medical attention after a fall to treat anything torn, sprained, or broken.


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Resources

National Floor Safety Institute http://www.nfsi.org/

OSHA – slips/trips/falls in hospitals

State of Texas – slips, trips, and falls

National Ag Safety Database – Preventing injuries from slips, trips and falls

National Safety Council – Checklist for recognizing slip, trip and fall hazards


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