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Workplace Training. Slips, Trips & Falls. Every time you take a step – you are at risk for a potentially serious slip, trip or fall. One of leading accidents in the workplace Account for 20% of all nonfatal injuries Affect people of all occupations Three reasons for risk:

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workplace training

Workplace Training

Slips, Trips & Falls

the problem

Every time you take a step – you are at risk for a potentially serious slip, trip or fall.

  • One of leading accidents in the workplace
  • Account for 20% of all nonfatal injuries
  • Affect people of all occupations
  • Three reasons for risk:
    • Lack of safety awareness
    • Unsafe conditions
    • Unsafe behaviors
The Problem
cost of carelessness

Minor bumps and bruises

  • Serious injuries that carry even a higher price
    • Pain – may persist beyond your workday
    • Disability – may lose mobility, making simple daily tasks difficult. May never fully recover, resulting in long-term disability
    • Medical Appointments – take up time and cost money
    • Lost income
    • Lost leisure time
Cost of Carelessness
your role

Preventing accidents and injuries requires teamwork

  • You and coworkers need to cooperate with employer to identify, report and correct unsafe conditions and behaviors
  • Make a commitment to yourself to develop an awareness of potential hazards
  • Report them to the safety committee
Your Role
preventing slips trips and falls

Stay Focused

    • If you find yourself not paying attention to your task
      • STOP what you are doing
      • BREATHE deeply or stretch for a few moments
      • REFOCUS on your immediate surroundings
  • Short Breaks Help
    • Each time you find yourself not concentrating on the task at hand stop and refocus
      • Take a short 30-60sec break
      • Stand up and stretch
      • Snack on fresh fruit or vegetables during break. Drink some water
Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
more you can do

Rest Your Body and Mind

    • Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep each night
    • Relax throughout the day by stretching, eat lunch outside, walk around the building on break
    • Vary tasks and activities – this allows your muscles to relax and it gives your mind a break
  • Manage Your Stress
    • Stress and fatigue dull the senses and can fill your mind with worry which increases risk for accidents
      • Take 3-4 deep breaths
      • Get some brisk exercise
      • Set job priorities
      • Spend time with family or friends away from work
More You Can Do
drugs alcohol medications
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
  • Drugs and Alcohol dull your mental sharpness
  • Develop a false sense of security and take unnecessary chances
Drugs, Alcohol, Medications
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Medications
  • Find out about side affects that could affect judgment, balance, vision or coordination
  • Be aware that over the counter drugs such as antihistamines can affect performance
Drugs, Alcohol, Medications
making the work place safer being aware of unsafe conditions and behaviors
Hazards

Remedies

  • Wet surfaces
    • Slippery floors
    • Walking too fast or not paying attention to surface
  • Uneven Surfaces
    • Any changes in surface areas
    • Loose surfaces
  • Poor Lighting
  • Bad Weather Conditions
    • Rain, ice, snow or mud on a parking lot, sidewalk, loading dock
  • Clean up/fix/report problems
    • Clean up spills right away
    • Slow down, shorten stride
  • Mark or fix surfaces
    • Add contrast color and signs
    • Repair or report loose surface
  • Be careful
    • Change or report burned out light bulbs
    • Pay particular attention to poorly lit areas
  • Wear the right shoes
    • Wear slip resistant shoes
    • Report problem areas such as icy sidewalks, debris on walkways, etc.
Making the Work Place Safer(Being Aware of Unsafe Conditions and Behaviors)
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Hazards

Remedies

  • Wrong tools for the Job
  • Poor Housekeeping
  • Big loads
    • Carrying a load that is too big, too heavy, too bulky to be carried safely because it makes you feel off balance or prevents you from seeing in front of you
  • Not enough time
    • Worrying about being late
    • Being in a hurry
  • Use proper tools for the job
  • Clean clutter
  • Carry smaller loads
    • Use a cart or hand truck
    • Ask for help
  • Slow Down
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Workplace Training

Back Injury Prevention

the problem1

Can occur anywhere, anytime

  • 4 out of 5 adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their life
  • Back injuries are the leading result of accidents to workers under age 45
  • 20% of all reported occupational injuries and illness are due to back injury
  • Total estimated annual cost ranging from $20-50 billion
The Problem
the consequences

Pain – can be very painful without any visible sign of injury

  • Lost income
  • Emotional stress – may lead to feelings of uselessness, depression and fear that the pain or injury will never go away
    • Disability – may lose mobility, making simple daily tasks difficult. May never fully recover, resulting in long-term disability
  • Decreased social activity
The Consequences
your role in prevention

Eating balanced meals

  • Exercise regularly

Doing these help you to feel better and heal faster!!

Be sure to consult your health-care provider before starting an

exercise program

Your Role in Prevention
causes of back pain

Poor Body Mechanics

    • Way the entire body adjusts to keep its balance as you move and rest
  • Weak and Fatigued Muscles
    • Rob the back of its support and are more likely to be injured when they are stressed
  • Extra Weight
    • Settles in the abdomen and hips, straining the back by exaggerating the curve of the lower spine
Causes of Back Pain
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Improper Footwear

    • May cause back pain or injury
  • Lack of Exercise
    • Decreases blood circulation and reduces muscular strength
    • Can slow coordination and affect your reflexes
  • Poor Posture
    • Improper sitting, standing, or lying down can lead to back problems
Causes of Back Pain
reduce risk maintain good posture

Good Posture = sitting or standing up straight with shoulders centered over hips, giving the spine the support it needs

  • Poor posture weakens the back, making it susceptible to injury from sudden twists or careless lifts
  • Practicing good posture, strengthens the large muscles that support the spine, relieving stress on the smaller less efficient muscles
Reduce Risk: Maintain Good Posture
reduce risk ergonomics

Ergonomics = improving the fit between your body and an activity.

  • You can adapt your workplace, living conditions, and personal habits to reduce the bending, twisting and excessive reaching that may cause stress on your back
Reduce Risk: Ergonomics
back injury prevention tips

Three essential requirements for maintaining a healthy back

    • Stay healthy and maintain the best possible mental and physical condition
    • Exercise to strengthen and stretch back muscles
    • Avoid risk factors for back injury
Back Injury Prevention Tips
change your habits

You can prevent back injury by adopting the following habits

  • Place objects often used within arm’s reach, between knuckle and shoulder height
  • Avoid reaching across an extended space
  • Modify work habits that result in unnecessary motions
  • When talking on phone use a speakerphone, headset, or shoulder rest or rearrange your writing position to free one hand (do not cradle the receiver between your shoulder and ear)
  • Modify your work station to match your height
  • Avoid repetitive or sustained bending over
Change Your Habits