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Slips, Trips, and Falls
Fall Factors Friction Momentum Gravity 1a
What happens when you slip Loss of balance caused by too little friction Loss of traction Wet surfaces Spills 2a
What happens when you slip Weather hazards Potential solutions practice safe walking skills clean up spills keep grease off shop floors be cautious on smooth surfaces 2b
Preventing slips Use appropriate footwear Increase friction between shoes and walking surface 3a
Preventing slips Strap-on cleats Proper footwear selection 3b
Why trips occur When a person trips: worker’s foot hits an object balance is thrown off creates momentum to fall 4a
Why trips occur Cluttered work areas Poor lighting Area has loose footing 4b
Why trips occur Worker is in a hurry Worker is inattentive 4c
Preventing trips Ensure you can see over the load you are carrying Ensure adequate lighting Keep work areas free of clutter/ litter 5a
Preventing trips Keep furniture out of walkways/traffic areas Tape down extension cords/ keep out of walkways 5b
Preventing trips Eliminate loose footing on stairs, steps, floors Properly store ramps and gangplanks in loading dock areas 5c
Why falls occur Person moves too far away from center of balance Caused by: makeshift ladders misuse of ladders poor climbing habits improper scaffolding use 6a
Preventing falls Don’t jump from elevations docks trucks work stages Ensure adequate lighting 6b
Preventing falls Repair or report loose or broken stairs, handrails Don’t use stairs/ aisles as storage areas Wear appropriate footwear 6c
Prevent injury on stairs Use handrails whenever possible Walk up and down stairs; don’t run Ensure you can see over the load you are carrying 7a
Prevent injury on stairs Report unsafe conditions, including broken: stair treads floor boards handrails 7b
Ladder and scaffold safety Don’t use makeshift ladders piling up boxes, chairs, benches Inspect ladders before use missing or broken rungs 8a
Ladder and scaffold safety Face the ladder when climbing Use both hands on ladders Hoist materials up to you 8b
Ladder and scaffold safety Keep your center of balance on ladder Adjust position of ladder - don’t overreach Use the four-to-one rule for every foot up, have 3 inches (1/4 foot) out 8c
Ladder and scaffold safety One person at a time on a ladder Don’t stand on top step of ladder Stay away from ladders to avoid falling objects 8d
Ladder and scaffold safety Check scaffolding daily for defects Clear work surfaces of snow, ice, slippery material 8e
Ladder and scaffold safety Respect the load limits of scaffolds Lock wheels/casters on mobile scaffolding Use proper PPE 8f
Summary of main points Fall factors Why slips occur Why trips occur 9a
Summary of main points Why falls occur Hazards of stairs Ladder and scaffold safety 9b
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