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1 Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls Presented by: Mark Hargett

2 Objectives At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: Describe the true costs of slips, trips, and falls Identify elements of effective accident prevention program Identify common slip, trip, and fall hazards Create short and long-term solutions to existing hazards

3 Why Should You Care? Most frequent 15% #2

4 What are the Consequences? Employee tripped on a torn floor mat School custodian slips on newly waxed floor Temp agency employee falls off 8 step ladder Office employee fell off of a chair

5 Slips, Trips, and Falls in Colorado Pinnacol Claims Number of Claims 35,298 Total STF Claims $435m Average STF Claim $12,319 Pinnacol Safety Services Claims Information,

6 After the Injury? Accident Investigation Injury Prevention Zero Injuries 6

7 Common Hazards Stairs Snow & Ice Poor Housekeeping Wrong Footwear Office Identify and Correct the Hazards Ladders

8 Job Hazard Analysis Sequence of steps Potential accidents/hazards Preventive measures

9 Hierarchy of Controls Use the hierarchy to determine the best solution to existing hazards. More Effective Less Effective Eliminate or Substitute Educate Inform PPE

10 Office Hazards Worn carpets Open drawers Cables and cords Creative step stools

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12 Office Solutions Quick fix for carpets Keep drawers closed Reroute, organize cables and cords Use proper step stools and ladders

13 Housekeeping Hazards Lumpy, worn mats Clutter Post delivery pile up Water, food, spills on the floor

14 Housekeeping Solutions Maintain mats, new mat options Use the right step stool Proper storage Clean up and warn others about wet floors

15 Stair Hazards Poor lighting No handrails Worn, irregular Clutter on stairs

16 Stair Solutions Replace burnt out bulbs, keep stairs well lit Provide and use handrail Regular, even stairs No storage on stairs

17 What s wrong with this photo? (From

18 Snow and Ice Poor snow removal Short cuts Wrong footwear Melting snow leading to ice

19 Snow and Ice Solutions Walk like a penguin Snow removal plan Extra traction Three points of contact

20 Footwear Hazards Poor choice Worn shoe Poor choice Wrong shoe?

21 Footwear Solutions Footwear policy Slip resistant Extra traction Right choice

22 Ladder Hazards Wrong tool Creativity Improper use Poor condition, broken

23 Ladder Solutions Provide proper tools Easily available Proper use 4 to 1 Rule Remove from service

24 1. Select two specific slip, trip and fall hazards. 2. Come up with ways you can reduce or eliminate those hazards.

25 Quiz Time True or False: Most organizations don t have to worry about slips, trips and falls in office areas since they happen so infrequently. False

26 The best way to prevent housekeeping slips, trips and falls is: A Use signage to notify employees of hazards (example: wet floors) B Clean up spills immediately C Fix mats that do not lie flat D All of the above

27 Slips, trips and falls on stairs can be reduced by: A Eliminating one handrail so it s not in the way B Waiting to replace light bulbs until more than 50% of bulbs have failed C Ensuring steps are uniform and in excellent condition D Storing boxes on the right side of the stairs to allow people to safely pass by

28 The best way to prevent a wintertime slip, trip and fall accident is: A Conducting an accident investigation B Footwear polices C Winter traction devices D All of the above

29 True or False: As an employer, you do not have the right to require your employees to wear specific footwear during their work day. False

30 True or False: The 4 to 1 rule refers to the proper angle of set-up for extension ladders. For every one foot (1 ) up or vertical the ladder needs to be four foot (4 ) out from the wall, or horizontal. False

31 Putting a Prevention Program Together Job hazard analysis (JHA) Accident investigation Rules and policies Training Resources Follow up

32 Summary Many slips, trips, and falls can be avoided by following an effective Accident Prevention Program Proactively eliminate common and unique hazards Create a culture of safety

33 Where Would Your Employees Rather be Sitting?

34 Questions? Mark Hargett

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