How to avoid slipping up
Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common workplace accidents. Falls can cause serious injuries and even death. Most slip, trip, and fall incidents are preventable with general precautions and safety measures.
Here are a few definitions for these accidents:
Slip – A slip occurs when there is too little traction or friction between the shoe and the walking surface and can cause you to be off-balance.
Trip – A trip occurs when a person contacts an object in their way or drops to a lower level unexpectedly, causing them to be thrown off-balance.
Fall – A fall occurs when you are too far off balance. There are two types of falls:
- Same Level – Fall to the surface you are walking on. Same-level falls are more common and are usually caused by slips and trips.
- From Elevation – Falls from elevation are more severe and are usually caused by ladders, stairs, platforms, and loading docks.
Housekeeping is the first and most fundamental way to prevent falls due to slips and trips. Without good housekeeping practices, any other preventive measures such as installation of sophisticated flooring, specialty footwear or training on techniques of walking will never be fully effective.
Other ways to help in preventing slips, trips and falls:
- Don’t be in a hurry
- Don’t be distracted and focus on the task until it is completed
- Wear appropriate shoes for the work conditions
- Get better lighting where needed
- Balance the load that you are carrying
RASI SafetyTV has some videos on this topic. It can be a good discussion item for safety meetings.
WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360.943.9198 x18, or firstname.lastname@example.org.