Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention and Products
What Are Slips, Trips and Falls?
Slips, trips and falls (STFs) occur when there is a lack of traction on a stepping surface or when the walking or working space is impeded by other physical objects that ultimately cause a loss of balance.
A loss of balance can result in two types of falls.
- Fall at same level results in falling into the same walking or working surface area
- Fall to lower level results in falling below the walking or working surface
How Do Slips and Trips Occur?
Slips can occur due a build up of water, mud, grease, or ice if not properly addressed with clean-up materials like absorbents, slip resistant tapes and general awareness signs and identification.
Similarly, trips are generally caused by a lack of awareness to cables, wires, uneven surfaces or stairs.
Slips, Trips and Falls Stats and Significance Slips, trips and falls account for about 20% of workplace injuries. They result in an average of 11 days from work and $40,000 cost per incident. The State Office of Risk Management reported that STF’s “mishaps cause about 15 percent of all accidental death and is second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.”
OSHA’s walking/working surfaces standard includes a regulatory agenda, directives and standard interpretations related to the regulation of walking and working surfaces.
Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
We have identified 10 steps to STF’s in the workplace:
1. Assess Your Slips, Trips, and Falls Needs
2. Mark Aisles and Passageways
3. Provide Traction on Slippery Surfaces
4. Improve Safety on Stairs
5. Mark Emergency Evacuation Routes
6. Post Safety Signage and Labeling
7. Warn of Temporary Hazards
8. Inspect Scaffolds and Ladders
9. Control and Clean Oil and Spills
10. Train Your Employees
For more information, download our 10 Steps to Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls Guide.
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