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Slips, Trips, and Falls Healthcare Workers
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Session Objectives You will be able to: Recognize slips, trips, and falls as a serious safety problem Identify slip, trip, and fall hazards on the job Avoid and eliminate trip and slip hazards Use stairs and ladders safely to avoid falls Minimize injuries if you do fall
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 What You Need to Know Frequency and types of slip, trip, and fall injuries Common causes of slips, trips, and falls How to prevent trips and slips How to prevent falls from stairs and on ladders What to do if you fall
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Injury Statistics There are over 265,000 nonfatal injuries from slips, trips, and falls Slips, trips, and falls result in 17% of all nonfatal workplace injuries per year More than 750 workers die each year in workplace falls Patients and visitors can also become statistics
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Types of Injuries Back or spine injuries Head injuries Muscle strains Sprains and torn ligaments Broken bones Even death
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Common Causes of Slips, Trips, and Falls Messy work areas Inadequate lighting Not watching where you’re going Running or walking too fast Spills and wet floors
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Common Causes of Slips, Trips, and Falls (cont.) Clutter Open drawers Flooring problems Failure to use handrails going up or down stairs Lack of caution on ladders Wearing inappropriate shoes
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Eliminate Trip Hazards Put things away after use Pick up items you see on the floor Step over or around obstructions Walk slowly and change directions slowly, especially when carrying a load Watch for changes in floor levels Report lighting problems
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Eliminate Trip Hazards (cont.) Don’t leave boxes, bags, tools, or other materials on the floor Don’t block walkways with carts, wheelchairs, or other equipment Don’t leave cords or power cables in walkways Don’t place anything on stairs Don’t leave drawers open
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Watch Out for Slip Hazards Clean up spills, drips, and leaks immediately Put up signs or barriers to warn about wet floors Put down mats on wet days Wear shoes with nonskid soles Walk slowly and slide your feet on wet, slippery surfaces Report icy spots outside
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Keep Alert and Use Common Sense Be aware of the hazards Pay attention to where you are going Adjust your stride according to the walking surface Make wide turns at corners Don’t block your vision when carrying items
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Slip and Trip Hazards Do you understand the information presented so far?
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Be Careful on Stairs Use handrails Walk—don’t run Inspect for slippery surfaces or damaged steps Do not put objects on steps Be especially careful when carrying a load
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Choose the Right Ladder for the Job Step stool Stepladder Straight ladder Extension ladder
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Ladder ‘Don’ts’ Don’t stand on the top two steps of a stepladder or the top three rungs of a straight or extension ladder Don’t place a ladder on boxes or barrels to gain height Don’t join two short ladders together to form a longer ladder Don’t use a box or chair in place of a ladder
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Set Up Ladders Correctly Place ladders on a firm, level surface Take precautions when setting up in front of a door Make sure stepladder braces are fully extended Position straight and extension ladders properly (4 to 1 rule) Watch where you lean ladders Secure ladders top and bottom
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Climb and Descend Safely Wear proper shoes Allow only one person on the ladder at a time Face the ladder when climbing and descending, and hold onto rails with both hands Carry tools so hands are free Hoist up materials once you’re up
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Climb and Descend Safely (cont.) Keep one hand on the ladder while you work Keep your body centered Don’t overreach Move slowly and cautiously Never slide down a ladder
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Inspect Ladders Before Each Use Be sure to check: Joints Hardware and fittings Moveable parts Ropes Safety feet and locks Rungs and steps
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Stair and Ladder Hazards Do you understand the information presented in the previous slides?
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 What to Do If You’re Falling Bend elbows and knees to absorb shock Roll with the fall Tuck your head Use hands and forearms to break the fall Yell or exhale as you fall
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 What to Do If You’re Injured Report the incident to your supervisor Get medical attention Follow doctor’s orders
© Business & Legal Reports, Inc. 0609 Key Points to Remember Keep walkways clean and clear Clean up spills promptly and pick up trip hazards from the floor Make sure stairs and ladders are safe and use them carefully Walk slowly, watch where you’re going, and wear proper shoes Don’t carry loads that block your vision
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