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Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention This material was produced under grant numbers SH-22300-11-F-17 from the Occupational Safety and Health administration, U.S. Dept. of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U. S. Government.
Injury and Death • Slips, Trips and Falls can cause injury, lost work time and death. • OSHA Fall Protection requirements exist at: • Subpart D-Walking and Working Surfaces • Subpart F-Powered Platforms, Manlifts and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms • Subpart R-Special Industries
What happens when you slip? • Slips can be caused by wet surfaces, spills, or weather hazards like ice and snow. • Clean up spills right away • Don’t let grease accumulate • Add traction for wet floors • Practice safe walking skills • Take short steps-center of balance under you • Move slowly
What happens when your trip? • Your foot hits an object and moving momentum throws you off balance. • Eliminate loose footing hazards • Keep cords out of walkways • Keep walkways clear of objects or debris • Keep areas well lit • Use handrails and scan path
What happens when you fall? • Falls occur when you move too far off your center of balance. • Use a proper ladder and check its condition before climbing, secure its position • You need both hands for climbing-hoist materials • Scaffolds can be dangerous—check 29 CFR 1910.28 • Fall protection can be prevention of falls or arresting a worker who falls—learn employer’s fall protection system
Employer Program Preventing Falls • Guardrail Systems and Toe Boards • Handrails and Stair Rail Systems • Designated Areas • Hole Covers • Ladder Cages • Ramps and Bridging Devices
Fall Arrest Systems • Safety Nets • Personal Fall Protection • Anchor • Connector • Harness • Lanyard • Deceleration Device • Life line • Positioning Device System
Use Personal Fall Protection Correctly • Inspect equipment for damage • Explain application limits • Describe methods for use and intended functions • Demonstrate how to put on, adjust and connect • Demonstrate anchoring and tie-off techniques • Describe emergency rescue plans/implementation • Practice maintenance and storage