Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Aug 01, 2018
Slipping, tripping, and falling are very common workplace injuries. Usually people think falls from heights where you need fall protection are the most common but falling from the same level has a lot more injuries every year.
Here are some reasons workers are falling at the same level:
-Oily or wet walking surfaces
-Ice/ snow in colder climates
-Uneven terrain and cracks
-Changes in elevation
-Objects on floor
-Improper or damaged footwear
How to prevent slipping, tripping, and falling:
Oily or wet walking surfaces - Use "Caution" and "wet" signs and be sure to notify a manager about the area and clean it up right away.
Ice/ snow in colder climates - Use signs when it is slippery. Be sure to use salt on the ice and shovel all the snow you possibly can.
Uneven terrain and Cracks - Use signs to show where the ground is uneven and if possible, get it filled in and evened out as soon as possible.
Changes in elevation - Be sure to use railing around any surface that changes in height.
Objects on floor - You should have scheduled and routine cleaning procedures to be sure nothing gets left laying around or in the way.
Cords - Use cord protectors to keep the cords from moving around and to prevent tripping.
Rugs - If Rugs start to dog ear then you need to replace them or tape them down around the edges.
Improper or damaged footwear - if you you are wearing shoes that are damaged, they could cause you to fall.
When it comes to falling or slipping you need to be aware of your surroundings. They will help you prevent falling by know what is around you.
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