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Slips, Trips. and Falls - National Safety Month, Week Three

Slips, trips, and fall hazards are the second leading cause of occupational injuries. Outcomes can include head injuries, broken bones, lacerations, sprained muscles and even more significant injuries.

Slips occur when you do not have enough traction or friction between shoe/boot and it drops unexpectedly to a lower level, throwing you off balance.
Trips occur when your foot hits an unexpected piece of equipment and forces you to fall.
Falls occur when you are to far off balance and are falling from a certain height.

What causes slips, trips, and falls:
  • Wet oily surfaces
  • Rain, snow, and ice
  • Slopes and steps
  • Poor lighting and clutter
  • Wires, cords, and cables
Good housekeeping to reduce slips, trips, and falls:
  • Clean up spills as soon as possible
  • Sweep and clean high traffic walking areas
  • Securing/taping rugs, mats, and cords
  • Keep working area well lit
Work boots are also a key to slips, trips, and falls. Work boots should have good traction and be the correct size with a secure and snug fit. Always have a clear view from head to toe when carrying materials from place to place.

You are responsible for:
  • Understanding the company’s written fall prevention plan.
  • Participating and attending any fall prevention training.
  • Inspecting fall protection equipment and devices before each use.
  • Checking and inspecting each ladder before using. 
Resources
Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
Occupational Health and Safety Administration
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