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SLIPS, TRIPS, & FALLS UNIVERSITY of N ORTHERN C OLORADO
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A Few Facts According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of workplace accidents. Same level falls, like slips and trips, make up 65% of fall injuries. Most slip, trip and fall incidents are preventable with general precautions and safety measures. Falls can cause serious injuries such as severe head injuries, back injuries, paralysis, broken bones, sprains and strains to muscles and even death. Trying to catch your balance or improperly falling when you slip or trip can possibly lead to sprains and strains to muscles or joints and permanent back injuries.
Slips occurs when there is too little traction or friction between the shoe and walking surface. A trip occurs when a person’s foot contacts an object in their way or drops to a lower level unexpectedly, causing them to be thrown off- balance. A fall occurs when you are too far off balance.
Two Types of Falls Same Level Falls High Frequency – Low Severity (example: ice, wet floor, un-even floor or ground) Elevated Falls Low Frequency – High Severity (example: ladder, motorized vehicles)
Slip and Trip Hazard Factors Housekeeping Obstacles in walking and working areas Uneven ground As little as 3/8” rise in a walkway can cause a person to “stub” resulting in a fall Uneven height of steps can cause a person to trip and fall Lighting Moving from light to dark areas (vice versa) Carrying an oversized object Obstructs vision Wet or slippery surfaces Improper Footwear Shoe with soft rubber soles and heals with rubber cleats provide the best grip
Elevated Fall Factors Mainly caused by lack of proper fall protection or worker inattentiveness Factors include: Uneven surfaces, such as curbs, ramps, platforms Stairs Ladders
Be Aware When floors are wet and areas are slippery make warning signs available and clearly visible “CAUTION – WET FLOOR” Keep walkways clear of obstacles Have skid-resistant material in high hazard areas Such as entry ways If you drop it, pick it up. If you spill it, wipe it up. Look where you are going, And go where you are looking.
Walking on Slippery Surfaces Have proper footwear Take slow, small steps Point feet slightly outward Have hands free (Carry minimal items) Always use handrails when available
Is there a RIGHT way to fall? There are two correct ways to fall that may help minimize injury 1. Tuck your chin in, turn your head, and throw an arm up. Its better to land on your arm than your head. 2. If falling backwards, twist or roll your body to the side. It is better to land on your buttocks and side rather than on your back.
University of Northern Colorado Environmental Health & Safety 351-1963 or 351-1149 Call for questions or concerns! “Protect Yourself”