SAFETY TIP: SLIP, TRIP and FALL
November 2018

DID YOU KNOW...

  • There is a high risk of slip, trip and fall (STF) due to ground or other walking surfaces being uneven, wet and /or frozen
  • Approximately 25% of all musculosketetal injuries are attributed to STF.  Falls account for 12.5% of fatal occupational injuries.  Falls on the same level account for 19.9% of all nonfatal occupational injuries involving days away from work
  • It takes longer to recover from STF injuries on the same elevation and can be a future predisposition to similar injuries
  • STF can be caused by loss of coordination, loss of balance, fatigue, slippery and uneven surfaces, transitions in floor surfaces, cold weather and poor housekeeping
  • A loss of traction between the shoe and the floor surface leads to a foot slide and possible fall.  Slippery walking surfaces account for 40-50% of all fall related injuries


TIPS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF STF INJURY:

  • Check and maintain all walkways, stairways and ladders.  Inspect pathways for unexpected holes or uneven pavement.  Sweep up loose debris.  Check when getting on and off equipment or ladders
  • Wear appropriate, well-fitted footwear with quality shoes for traction
  • Consider fall risks when starting a new jobsite
  • Post warning signs around areas that may be slippery, properly de-ice walkways and stay off of mud or slick surfaces
  • Do not walk while using cell phones and do not carry objects that obstruct  view
  • Provide lighting so uneven or unexpected ground changes can be seen
  • Vision should be checked by a physician regularly.  Be aware that aging and medications can affect balance and alertness

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