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Presents ACCESS SAFETY Todd Culver, Assistant Director Occupational Safety & Health Training Project - in partnership with MIOSHA – CET Division.

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1 presents ACCESS SAFETY Todd Culver, Assistant Director Occupational Safety & Health Training Project - in partnership with MIOSHA – CET Division

2 2 This material was prepared under a Consultation Education and Training (CET) Grant awarded by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). MIOSHA is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Points of view or opinions stated in this document do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of LARA.

3 TRAINING OBJECTIVES Slips, Trips, & Falls Hazards - Causes & Prevention Discussion of Specific Safety Issues in Your Workplace Question & Answer

4 Slips, Trips and Falls

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6 Slip Sliding Away… Slip: Loss of balance caused by too little friction between the walking surface and a persons shoe

7 Flooring 50% Footwear 24% Fraud 10% Hazard Identification 9% Training 7% Source: National Floor Safety Institute Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

8 Source: National Floor Safety Institute Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents Flooring 50% What type of floor? Whats on the floor? How do we maintain the floor?

9 What Type of Floor? Tile

10 What Type of Floor? Concrete

11 What Type of Floor? Wood

12 What Type of Floor? Rubberized or Coated Surface

13 Flooring Transitions Metal/ Aluminum

14 Source: National Floor Safety Institute Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents Flooring 50% What type of floor? Whats on the floor? How do we maintain the floor?

15 Whats on the Floor Material Hydraulic Fluid Solvents

16 Trips Trip: Hit an object, lose your balance and fall NOTE: As little as 3/8 rise in a walkway can cause someone to stub his/her toe and fall.

17 Indoor Trip Hazards Common causes: –Cluttered areas –Rugs, mats, carpeting –Exposed cables, cords

18 Outdoor Trip Hazards Cracks or holes in parking lots Loading Docks – surface irregularities/wheel chocks Watch for parking stops and speed bumps in parking lots

19 Falls Fall: When you lose your balance and drop to the floor (caused by slip or a trip) Falls on the same level –Slip or trip immediately precedes fall to floor or walkway

20 Falls Fall: When you lose your balance and drop to the floor (caused by slip or a trip) Falls on the same level –Slip or trip immediately precedes fall to floor or walkway Falls to lower level –Falls are from ladders, steps or stairs

21 To Reduce Slips: Keep floors swept and free from obstacles or debris Clean up spills and put up warning signs Consider installing non-slip tiling/non-slip floor products Utilize drip trays or pans around leaking valves

22 Safe Shoes - Dos and Donts Dos: Slip-resistant soles and a good tread Tightly tied laces Donts: No leather or smooth soles No tennis shoes in areas prone to be wet

23 One Part Floor and One Part Shoe Source: Maynard, W.S., The Aging Workforce: Implications For Managing Slips,Trips and Falls, The Eastern Ergonomics Conference and Exposition, NYC, May 30, 2007.

24 One Part Human Factor Just as with vehicle traffic, when conditions are slippery – SLOW DOWN, & USE EXTRA CAUTION

25 HAZARDOUS AREAS Parking lots and sidewalks Entrances Areas with materials that can leak/spill Food & beverage service areas Aisles, stairways and ramps Restrooms

26 SPECIFICALLY… PARKING LOTS: Cracked pavement, lot dividers, speed bumps, curbs ENTRANCES: People tend to track in water, snow, and slush FOOD OR BEVERAGE SERVICE AREAS: Spills AISLES: Materials, equipment, or debris STAIRWAYS & RAMPS: Poor lighting, damaged stairs, loose handrails, clutter RESTROOMS: Water on the floor

27 PREVENTION: LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING Maintenance of sidewalks and parking lots Repair damaged areas quickly; apply absorbent materials to oil or grease spills Make sure all traffic areas are well-lit Paint speed bumps so theyre easier to see

28 PREVENTION: LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING Use mats at all entrances During winter, use a primary and secondary mat to make sure shoes get dry - and vacuum regularly Make sure entrance mats arent curled at the edge

29 PREVENTION: LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING Be especially vigilant in areas where materials can leak or spill Use appropriate floor cleaners if grease spills Take time to clean up spills immediately Post signs warning of slippery conditions Tread lightly, be careful

30 PREVENTION: LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING Keep aisles clear Good housekeeping = neat work area minimizes trip hazards Check that handrails are secure Wear shoes with slip-resistant soles Be aware of flooring transitions Exercise caution on ladders, stairs, and platforms

31 PREVENTION: LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING Watch for trouble: clean up spills and remove obstacles immediately It doesnt matter who made the mess; if you dont help to fix it, you become part of the problem

32 PREVENTION: LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING Accidents dont just happen; they are performance errors

33 PREVENTION: LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING Accidents dont just happen; they are performance errors There is always SOMETHING about the experience of an accident or injury that could have been DIFFERENT

34 PREVENTION: LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING Accidents dont just happen; they are performance errors There is always SOMETHING about the experience of an accident or injury that could have been DIFFERENT Its our responsibility to identify those factors which could contribute to an accident, and exercise our influence so that it doesnt happen

35 It Happens More - and Costs More- Than You Might Think In 2011, Slips/Falls was one of the leading causes of workplace injury, and accounted for 26% of all claims filed by MARO Workers Comp. Fund members Its a serious problem, requiring focused attention - and its not inevitable Working together, these accidents can be prevented

36 Recent Trends within MARO Fund 2010, Slips/Falls resulted in 40 claims Net Losses: $198,000 Average Cost/Claim: $4, , Slips/Falls resulted in 33 claims Net Losses:$356,000 Average Cost/Claim:$10,800 Our Goal: ZERO

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38 PREVENTION AWARENESS

39 THANK YOU Questions Or Comments? 39

40 CONTACT INFO Todd Culver Assistant Director MARO Removing Barriers to Community Access

41 CONTACT INFO You can also visit the MIOSHA website at where additional information may be available; or contact the Consultation, Education & Training Division at (517)


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