Posted by: Pamela Kalivas | October 2, 2015

Slips & Falls: Don’t Let Halloween Goblins Spook You!

Running Through The ForestKeep the monsters at bay, don’t let Slips, Trips and Falls get in your way!

As Halloween approaches, our senses heighten as the haunted air makes our hair stand on end!  This time of year reminds us of ghouls and goblins; monsters we’d run from as our imaginations were carried away.  Faux slips, trips, and falls during these pensive escapes filled our hearts with dread for the undead.  Well, slips and falls aren’t only a figment of our imaginations!

Slips, trips, and falls account for 30% of workplace related injuries and over 65% occur on same-level walking surfaces.  The problem is especially troublesome in specified industries. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, service, wholesale, and retail trade industries together accounted for the greatest proportion of injuries resulting from same level falls (over 60 %).

The National Safety Council reports slips and falls are the leading cause of death in the workplace, on average about 15 %, second to motor vehicle accidents.   These hazards are everywhere and you can find them on the job or even out while trick or treating!

Fog and BridgeThe causes of slip and fall incidents are varied:

  • Messy, cluttered work area with tools, material, or  cords lying on the floor in places where people walk
  • Poor visibility caused by inadequate lighting, burned-out bulbs, or thick fog
  • Walking or running while texting
  • Carrying something you can’t see over
  • Wet, oily, icy or damaged walkways
  • Failure to use handrails when going up or down stairs wearing inappropriate footwear

 

Want to avoid slip, trips, and falls during Halloween fun and on the job? Here are a few do’s:

Do:

  • Keep work areas neat and tidy, putting tools, materials and other items away after use
  • When carrying a load, walk and  change directions slowly
  • Pay attention to changes in floor level such a steps or ramps
  • Report lighting problems right away
  • Close drawers after use and keep items off stairs.
  • Ensure walkways clear of equipment or material and are in good repair
  • Keep floor surface clean and dryMeryl Streep - Witch

The most frequent complaints related to slips and falls are shoulder, back, elbow, wrist and knee injuries.  Take an active part in preventing injury or harm to yourself and others.  Avoid the jinx of a brooding witch and “beware” of your environment.

~Pam

Please Note: The information contained in this publication is intended for general information purposes only.  This publication is not a substitute for review of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the cited regulation.

Sources:

  1. Slips, Trips and Falls: Prevention and Regulations.  www.grainger.com
  2. Regulatory standards: OSHA 29CFR1910.22, Walking-Working Services, ANSIA1264.2-2006, Provision for Slip Resistant for Walking/Working Surfaces.

3.  NIOSH: Fall Injuries Prevention in the Workplace

 

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