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1 Scott Schwaller, Loss Control Specialist United Heartland
Slips and Fall Prevention: Controlling the Leading Source of Workers Compensation Claims Scott Schwaller, Loss Control Specialist United Heartland

2 Agenda Causes of Slips, Trips, & Falls
Best practices to prevent slip and fall accidents. Floor Maintenance Housekeeping Footwear selection & programs Awareness Walking on Snow & Ice

3 Slips, Trips, & Falls Slip and fall accidents account for 47% of all IACP losses. According to the U. S. Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents. 15 percent of all accidental deaths (≈12,000/year), second leading cause behind motor vehicles One of the most frequent types of reported injuries – about 25% of reported claims per fiscal year Over 17% of all disabling work injuries are the result of falls

4 Causes of Slips, Trips, & Falls
Uncovered & exposed electrical cords

5 Causes of Slips, Trips, & Falls
Floor mats that have been kicked up

6 Causes of Slips, Trips, & Falls

7 Causes of Slips, Trips, & Falls
Floor covering transitions Cracks & damage on sidewalks

8 Causes of Slips, Trips, & Falls
Curbs Vehicle curb stops Wheel chair ramps

9 Causes of Slips, Trips, & Falls
Snow & Ice build up

10 Causes of Slips, Trips, & Falls
Footwear, footwear, footwear. Wear sturdy shoes with slip-resistant soles and low heels; no leather soles, open toe, platform, high heels or flip flops. Crocs


12 Preventing Slips, Trips, & Falls
Keep floors clean & dry Avoid contaminated areas Implement a footwear policy Implement a slip-resistant shoe program Keep walkways clear of objects Lighting in work areas, hallways, and parking lots

13 Preventing Slips, Trips, & Falls
Secure loose cords, wires, and tubing Eliminate outdoor surface irregularities Eliminate indoor surface irregularities Keep stairs clear and in good condition Prepare for snow & ice Slip, Trip, & Fall awareness campaign

14 Floor Maintenance Wet floor signs Mop ½ of a hallway
Scrubbers can contain water Utilize dry mopping Avoid waxing floors De-grease and scrub kitchen floors Add slip resistant coating

15 Floor Maintenance Entry Ways Use walk off mats
Slip resistant flooring with water drain off

16 Floor Maintenance Outdoor Surface Maintenance
Eliminate wheel stops if possible. Paint all curbs, wheel stops, and changes in elevation with yellow paint Patch, fill, or slope all surface irregularities such as cracks, holes, or changes in level in walkways greater that ½”

17 Floor Maintenance Indoor Surface Maintenance Condition of carpet
Condition of mats Secure edges of mats Condition of floor tile Patch and fill cracks in walkways greater than ¼” Highlight trip hazards

18 Housekeeping Housekeeping in everyone's responsibility
Your mom doesn’t work here so please clean up after yourself. Foster a culture for good housekeeping

19 Footwear Selection & Programs
Establish a policy organization wide. Slips & falls don’t just happen to direct care workers. Commitment to safety comes from the top down! Clearly identify expectations for appropriate footwear

20 Footwear Selection & Programs
Implement a slip resistant shoe program (voluntary or mandatory) Some vendors have liability benefit programs Slip Grips - (available through Lehigh) Shoes for Crews - SRMax - StarGrip – (available through Red Wing – they do not have $5,000 indemnity benefit)

21 Which are Appropriate? Depends on where you are

22 Appropriate Footwear for Work
Slip resistant sole Shoe covers (and protects foot Provides good support Does not contribute to falls Comfortable

23 Awareness Campaigns Slip, Trip, & Fall bullet points Training
Post contact information for maintenance, and housekeeping departments Penguin campaign

24 Snow & Ice Be prepared! Have a snow removal plan
Distribute winter weather notifications Bins of sand & salt Shovels at each entry way Wear appropriate winter footwear

25 Snow & Ice Minimize how much you carry. Provide carts or rolling bags
Avoid areas with hanging icicles Kick off snow and ice 3 points of contact Walk like a penguin

26 Planning for Winter Fall Protection
Allow extra time Consider your route No shortcuts! Use railings Wear appropriate footwear

27 Extra Protection for Winter Walking
Footwear should have a good traction sole Ankle length boots provide support Traction devices (YakTraks™) work well and are removable

28 Ladders Training (proper usage & selection)
Supervision/observation/feedback Inspection (rung and side rail conditions) Belt-buckle rule 3-point of contact 4/1 ratio Tie off Proper height Non-skid feet Climbing cage/rest platforms Ground person Don’t carry materials up ladder Capacity Construction material

29 Resources National Floor Safety Institute
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Slip Grips - (available through Lehigh) Shoes for Crews - SRMax - StarGrip –

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