We often take it for granted–walking from point ‘a’ to point ‘b’ while on the job. But, a routine situation can change quickly and dramatically because of slips, trips and falls-the culprit in the majority of workplace accidents.
A study on slips, trips and falls by the National Safety Council states:
Slips, trips, and falls represent a major cause of accidental death and injury, in both the home and work environment. About one-seventh of all accidental deaths are due to injuries sustained because of a fall. Approximately 12,000 lives are lost annually. Falls account for accidental deaths equally between the work and home environment.
OSHA has an assortment of information to help reduce the hazards that cause these accidents. The slips, trips, and falls advice (OSHA) below may seem obvious; but, they’re often overlooked or, worse, ignored.
- Keep walkways and stairs clear of scrap and debris; coil extension cords, lines and hoses when not in use.
- Wipe up spills immediately; wear appropriate waterproof, non-slip footwear.
- Ensure all wet surfaces are covered with non-slip materials; cover floor openings.
- When working in icy conditions, wear lug soles; clear parking lots, stairs and walkways, and use salt/sand as needed.
Slips, trips and falls whether on or off the job are expensive, disruptive, painful, and may be tragic. There are a number of things that we can reasonably do to reduce the chances of slips, trips and the losses associated with the resulting falls. Get informed and make a difference.
Helpful Slips, Trips and Falls Safety Training:
Slips, Trips, and Falls Safety Training
Fall Protection Safety Training Products
Slips, Trips And Falls CD-ROM Training Program
Slips, Trips & Falls Video Program DVD in English & Spanish Versions