2008 Safety Tip
Trips, & Falls
Did you know that after traffic
accidents, more people are killed in falls than any other kind of accident?
According to the National Safety Council, over 14,000 persons die from
falls, both at home and on the job.
Millions of people are injured
every year, and costs can be extremely high.
a few things to help you prevent slips, trips and falls.
out for these walking hazards.
- Hidden, or un-obvious steps
- Smooth surfaces such as waxed floors
- Loose flooring such as bricks, tile or
- Carpeting and rugs without anti-slip mats
- Tubs and showers
- Wet floors
- Icy spots
- Oil and grease
- Look out for that hose!
- Use caution when climbing over objects!
housekeeping is a safe habit.
- Avoid placement of furniture or other
large items in high traffic areas
- Avoid storage of materials in walk areas
- Donít use electrical cords in walking
- Clean-up untidy floors and stairs, including
toys, tools, even pencils
- Close all open drawers
- Keep your walking area clean.
work habits prevent them.
Have sufficient lighting
- Donít improvise materials for a step ladder
- Sit squarely on all legs of a chair
- Donít have long pant cuffs
- Keep stair treads in good repair
- Wear good shoes
- Donít carry more than you can handle and
- Donít jump down from trucks, platforms
You can also help prevent injuries
to others by:
- using signs to mark wet or slippery surfaces
- mop only when traffic is light, or a small
area at a time
- identify work areas that have slip and/or
- use entrance runners properly
- report unsafe conditions
- practicing a safety attitude, including
- pacing yourself
- looking ahead
- following rules
- taking care
- using appropriate equipment
- not taking chances
- being alert and expecting the unexpected
And if you
do fall, you can reduce your chances of injury by falling Ďthe right wayí
- Relax and try not to tense and stiffen
- Absorb the impact from the fall with your
arms and legs
- Roll in the direction of the fall
Remember, fall prevention is
up to YOU!