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1 FHM TRAINING TOOLS This training presentation is part of FHM’s commitment to creating and keeping safe workplaces. Be sure to check out all the training programs that are specific to your industry.

2 These materials have been developed based on applicable federal laws and regulations in place at the time the materials were created. The program is being provided for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute and is not intended to provide OSHA compliance certification, regulatory compliance, a substitute for any "hands on“ training required by applicable laws and regulations, or other legal or professional advice or services. By accessing the materials, you assume all responsibility and risk arising from the use of the content contained therein. ©2010 Grainger Safety Services, Inc. ►►► Slips, Trips, and Falls

3 Learning Objectives Objectives: ► Recognize the major causative factors for slips, trips, and falls ► Be familiar with strategies implemented in the workplace to reduce the possibility of these accidents

4 Agenda Agenda: ► Definitions and causes ► Preventive measures ► Your responsibilities

5 ►Section 1 Definitions and Causes

6 What is a Slip? Occurs when there is too little friction between a person’s feet or shoes and the walking surface: ► Pedestrian on icy sidewalk ► Hotel guest on newly waxed tile floor ► Maintenance mechanic on shop floor ► Busboy on wet kitchen floor ► Delivery person descending a flight of stairs ► Construction worker on a sloped roof

7 Causes of Slips Common causes of slips: ► Spills and splashes of liquids and solids ► Unsuitable footwear ► Loose mats on polished floors ► Inclement weather ► Change from a wet to a dry surface ► Unsuitable floor surface ► Dusty floors ► Sloping surfaces

8 What is a Trip? Occurs when a person’s foot contacts an object and they are thrown off balance: ► Electrician tripping on electrical wires ► Roofer tripping over the air-gun hose ► Waiter tripping on an uneven floor mat ► Construction worker tripping on debris pile

9 Causes of Trips Common causes: ► Loose or worn flooring or covering ► Holes and cracks in the floor ► Uneven outdoor surfaces ► Changes in surface level ► Cables and cords ► Carrying heavy or large objects ► Other obstructions

10 What Causes a Fall? Two basic types of falls: ► Same-level falls: High frequency – low severity ► Elevated falls: Lower frequency – high severity

11 The Costs of Slips, Trips, and Falls Over one million workers annually: ► Thousands of injuries are fatal ► Back is frequently injured ► Wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles, knees, and hips are also frequently injured

12 Preventive Measures ►Section 2

13 Preventing Slips Approach to remove factors that cause slips: ► Ensuring proper amount of traction ► Providing signs to alert workers ► Using floor mats ► Improving visibility

14 Preventing Slips Work practices and housekeeping: ► Prompt response to spills ► Using barricades ► Arrange alternative traffic patterns around wet floors ► Wear proper footwear

15 Preventing Trips Prevention of trips can be reduced by: ► Position equipment to avoid across walking paths ► Use cable covers ► Prevent mats and rugs from curling ► Improved lighting

16 Preventing Trips Housekeeping is a critical element: ► Designate travel routes ► Keep them free of obstacles ► Cordless tools eliminate trip hazards

17 Preventing Falls Falls occur from: ► Ladders ► Scaffolds ► Elevated work platforms

18 Your Responsibilities ►Section 3

19 Workplace Factors Workplace injury is minimized by: ► Proper design and construction ► Signage ► Housekeeping

20 Carrying Materials Carrying materials increases risks: ► Affects balance ► Distracts attention ► Obstructs vision Plan: ► Route before carrying materials ► Walk route without materials ► Use “buddy system”

21 Your Responsibilities Your responsibilities: ► Identify hazards ► Maintain hazard free workplace ► Select proper footwear ► Use appropriate ladders, scaffolds, and work platforms ► Follow fall protection requirements ► Do not obstruct field of vision

22 Additional Information Preventing Injuries from Slips, Trips, and Falls. Circular 869 of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida Stairways and Ladders: A Guide to OSHA Rules OSHA Publication 3124, (2003)


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