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Avoiding Slip, Trip, and Falls. Occupational Safety and Health Personnel Department. It could happen to anyone!. Introduction. More than 200,000 people in the United Sates are injured on the job from slips, trips and falls every year.

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avoiding slip trip and falls

Avoiding Slip, Trip, and Falls

Occupational Safety and Health

Personnel Department

  • More than 200,000 people in the United Sates are injured on the job from slips, trips and falls every year.
  • Even people who work in high-risk environments are more likely to be injured by falling than by job-related hazards.
  • Most common causes
    • Constantly wet surfaces
    • Occasional Spills
    • Weather Hazards
  • How can we avoid Slips?
    • Cutting down on wet indoor surfaces
    • Shorten your stride to keep your center of balance under you
    • Walk with your feet pointed slightly outward, creating a stable base.
    • Make wide turns at corners
    • Wear slip-resistant footwear appropriate for your job
    • Use abrasive strips to increase traction
    • Post signs to warn of wet areas
    • Clean spills when you see them.
other hazards
Other Hazards
  • Loose rugs: secure throw rugs with a skid-resistant backing
  • Changing surfaces: walking from carpeted floor to a vinyl floor or hardwood floor can also cause slips. Slow down to react to a change in traction
  • Be careful of wet shoes on a dry floor. They can be just as slippery as dry shoes on a wet floor.
  • Inclement weather
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors
  • Tips can occur whenever your foot strikes an object and your momentum causes you to be thrown off balance.
  • Most commonly happen when
    • Your view is obstructed
    • You take a shortcut instead of the designated pathway
    • There is clutter, especially near a walkway
  • Poor lighting can impair your vision and create dangerous situations
    • Always use the available light source
    • Replace used light bulbs and repair faulty switches
    • Use a flashlight if you must enter a dark room where there is no available light source.
  • Walkways must be kept free of objects and clutter
  • Remember to close file cabinet drawers
  • Carpet that doesn’t lay flat should be tacked or taped down.
  • Cables or electrical cords that cross walkways should be covered to reduce possible trips
  • Be aware of the threshold when you step out of an elevator, since it may not be even with the floor.
  • Common Causes
    • Using ladders improperly
    • Making makeshift ladders or step stools
  • Proper Equipment
    • Make sure that it is locked into position and stable
    • Check the rungs to make sure none are broken
    • Make sure to use a ladder or step stool appropriate for the job
  • Nearly 2.5 Million people are injured every year from falls on stairs
  • Follow these simple principles:
    • Take each step one at a time
    • Make sure that your front foot is firmly planted before shifting weight onto it
    • Always use the handrail
    • Keep stairways free of clutter
    • Never skip stairs or jump from one level to another.
  • Be responsible!
    • If you drop it, pick it up.
    • If you spill it, clean it up.
    • If you take it out, put it away.
    • Look where you are going.
    • Go where you are looking.