2 Slips, Trips, and Falls Cause Many Injuries Sometimes Serious Ones Thousands of disabling injuries- and even deaths- occur each year as a result of slips, trips, and falls: From heights, on stairs, and on level ground At work and at home
3 Slips Slip -loss of balance caused by too little friction between a person s foot and a walking surface. Common Causes: Wet or oily surfaces, Occasional spills, Weather hazards, Loose, unanchored rugs or mats, and Flooring or other walking surfaces that are worn.
4 Trips Trip - hit an object, lose your balance and fall Common Causes: Obstructed view Poor lighting Clutter in your way Wrinkled carpeting Uncovered cables Drawers not being closed Uneven (steps, thresholds) walking surfaces
5 Falls Fall: - when you lose your balance & drop to the floor There are three types of falls: Falls on the same level Slip or trip immediately precedes fall to floor or walkway Falls to lower level Falls are from platforms, docks, ladders, steps or stairs Jumps to lower level An intentional jump from one level to another Employee jumps off ladder, dock, equipment
6 Safety Regulations Try to Remove Slips, Trip, and Fall Hazards OSHA and university rules try to prevent slips, trips, and falls by requiring: Floors that are kept clean, dry, and in good repair Aisles, stairs, and passageways that are free of clutter and obstructions Safe ladder design and use Rails and guards around floor and wall openings Clean, orderly, sanitary work areas
7 Maintain Work Areas to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls Keep walkways, aisles, and stairs free of equipment, materials, and other hazards. Clean up any leaks or spills on floors, stairs, and entranceways promptly. Repair or report floor problems, such as missing tiles, etc. Block off and mark floor areas that are being cleaned or repaired. Keep cords, cables, or hoses out of walkways. If it can t be avoided, make sure the area is marked off. Place trash promptly in proper containers. Keep drawers closed.
8 Take Precautions on Stairs Report any missing or broken stair rails and slippery or damaged treads. Walk, don t run, on stairs. Hold on to stair rails while going up and down. Don t carry a load you can t see over.
9 Choose and Use ladders Carefully Use a ladder, not boxes or chairs, to reach high places. Use only ladders that have all their parts. Check that cleats, rungs, and steps are firm and unbroken. Choose a ladder that s the right height for the job. Place ladders firmly on level surfaces. Hold the rails and face the ladder as you climb it. Center your body between the ladder rails; don t lean to the side.
10 Pay Attention to your Movements and Surroundings Focus on where you re going, what you re doing and what lies ahead. Expect the unexpected. Take the responsibility for fixing, removing, or avoiding hazards in your path. Wear sturdy shoes with nonskid soles. Avoid loose or baggy pants you could trip over. Walk, don t run. Wipe your feet when you come in from inclement weather.
11 Pay Attention to your Movements and Surroundings Report or replace any burned out lights or inadequate lighting. Watch out for floors that are uneven, have holes, etc. Keep your hands at your sides, not in your pockets, for balance. Don t carry loads you can t see over. Walk slowly on slippery surfaces. Slide your feet and avoid sharp turns.
12 Pay Attention to your Movements and Surroundings Sit in chairs with all four chairs legs on the floor. Make sure all wheels or casters are on the floor. Be constantly alert for-- and remove or go around-- obstructions in your path.
13 Learn to Fall Properly If you do fall, you can reduce the chance of serious injury if you: Roll with the fall. Bend your elbows and knees and use your legs and arms to absorb the fall. Get medical attention after a fall to treat anything torn, sprained, or broken.
14 Conclusion: Be Alert and Safety Conscious Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls Pay attention to your movements and remove potential hazards from your path so you, and others, won t be injured by slips, trips, and falls. ULM Environmental Health & Safety Department
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