Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace

Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace

Each year, a slip, trip, or fall is the cause of roughly 1 in 6 workplace fatalities, in addition to over 200,000 more nonfatal injuries. What kinds of incidents does this category entail? And what can you do in your own workplace to help keep employees safe? Keep reading this short blog post to find out!

Is It a Slip, a Trip, or a Fall?

A slip occurs when there is too little traction between a person’s shoe and the surface they’re walking on. These incidents are more likely when walking surfaces are wet, perhaps from a spill or bad weather, or when workers are in a hurry.

A trip occurs when a person’s foot unexpectedly comes into contact with an object that’s in their path. Rushing while on the job can result in accidental tripping.

A fall occurs when a person’s balance is off. Obviously, a slip or a trip can cause a sudden loss of balance, but so can other behaviors such as leaning too far to one side when on a ladder. Falls can occur either on the same level or when a person falls from one level down to another.

Safety Starts with Good Housekeeping

The easiest way to help employees stay on their feet is for everyone to maintain good housekeeping. Keeping workplaces clean and well organized should be part of every employee’s daily routine.

Here are some tips to keep in mind, no matter what kind of working environment you find yourself in:

Two Types of Falls and How to Prevent Them

Same-level falls occur when a person falls onto the surface they’re walking on, and elevated falls occur when a person falls to a lower level.

Common Office Hazards for Slips, Trips, and Falls

People often believe slipping and falling only occurs in higher-risk industries, such as construction, but a normal office setting has plenty of dangers employees should be aware of.

Employee Training for Workplace Slips, Trips, and Falls

While any employee can keep an eye out for tripping and falling dangers, remember that employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment.

HSI offers a course on preventing slip, trip and fall injuries, which can help any employee further understand common workplace hazards and how to reduce — or ideally prevent — these injuries from occurring.

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