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Slips, Trips, and Falls

Falls are a worksite risk

Slips, trips, and falls are among the most threatening hazards that construction workers can face. According to the statistics, about 15 percent of all work-related deaths are from these kinds of incidents. Slips, trips, and falls are expensive to employers as well, costing about $11 billion annually. You need to make sure you know how to prevent a workplace slip, trip, or fall as a construction worker. Here is a closer look.

The 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index reported that falls resulting from slips or trips were the second leading reason for workplace fatalities and injuries. These incidents are just right behind motor vehicle accidents. Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of emergency room visits.

Here are some things to keep watch for:

  • Loose rugs or mats
  • Walking surfaces that are not level
  • Poor lighting
  • Obstructed views
  • Wires and cables that are not covered
  • Clutter
  • Preventing falls and slips

There are several things that you can do to prevent workplace slips, trips, and falls.

  • Clean up as you go, and don’t leave things lying around
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes
  • Use extra care on uneven surfaces
  • Use caution on wet surfaces
  • Clean up spills
  • Mop or sweep up debris
  • Clear walkways
  • Cover cables and wires
  • Make sure the area is well lit
  • Check for fall hazards
  • Salt highly traveled areas during winter months
  • Clean your work area at the end of the shift
  • Be attentive to where you are walking

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