Slips, trips, and falls cannot be taken lightly. Consider:
One reason that falls are so common is that there are hazards everywhere. Employees can slip, trip, or fall in production areas, in offices, on stairwells, from ladders, off loading docks--and other places specific to your workplace. An article from our sister website Safety.BLR.com® offers the following advice on the topic.
Know What OSHA Says
In recognition of the prevalence of fall hazards and the alarming statistics of fall injuries and fatalities, OSHA has issued several standards for both general industry and construction regarding fall hazards in the workplace. These include regulations for walking and working surfaces; guarding floor and wall openings and holes; stairs; ladder design, inspection, and use; and working at heights.
Being familiar with these regulations can help you identify hazards and take steps to prevent slips, trips, and falls in your workplace.
Recognize the Hazards
Common causes of slips, trips, and falls include:
Eliminate Trip Hazards
Many fall injuries occur on level ground when people trip over unexpected objects in their path. Help eliminate trip hazards by training employees to follow these do's and don'ts.
Don't Slip Up on Slip Hazards
It's easy to slip on wet or smooth surfaces, and down you go. Even a little slip can add up to a big injury. Here are some preventive measures:
In addition, instruct employees to:
Tomorrow we’ll look at some training recommendations to lower the incidence of slips, trips, and falls at your facility.
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