National Safety Month, Week 3 Theme: Slips, Trips and Falls

June is National Safety Month. The National Safety Council has designated a theme for each week. Slip, trips and falls are this week’s theme. Texas Mutual safety pros offer these tips for reducing risks in the workplace.

Keep your employees well grounded

We’ve all been there. You’re in the break room at work, and you notice someone spilled coffee on the floor. So, you finish your lunch and get back to work without giving it a second thought. You didn’t make the mess, so why should you clean it up?

Slips, trips and falls are leading causes of workplace accidents. The few seconds it takes to wipe up a spill could help you or a co-worker avoid a serious workplace injury.

Employers can do their part to prevent slips, trips and falls by providing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as fall-arrest and fall-restraint systems, as well as slip-resistant shoes, mats and flooring.

PPE, coupled with good housekeeping and safe behaviors, can go a long way toward keeping employees well grounded.

Housekeeping

  • Place warning signs around spills and other hazards until they are cleaned up and eliminated.
  • Keep stairs and walkways clean, dry and clear of clutter.
  • Close drawers when they are not in use.
  • Provide adequate lighting.
  • Repair damaged stairs and walkways, as well as leaky faucets.
  • If possible, keep power cords out of walkways. If not, secure them to the floor with rubber coverings.
  • Make sure rugs aren’t worn, especially at the edges.

Behaviors

  • When carrying a load, make sure you can see where you are walking.
  • Watch for uneven surfaces.
  • Do not use chairs, tables or surfaces on wheels as substitutes for ladders.
  • Stay alert, especially on thresholds and elevators.
  • Take stairs one at a time, and use the handrail.
  • Avoid horseplay that could result in injuries.
  • Do not wear sunglasses in dimly lit areas.
  • Report unsafe conditions immediately.

More information

The NSC is focusing on slips, trips and falls this week as part of National Safety Month. The organization’s website offers a free poster, fact sheet and other materials. You can also register for a June 20 Webinar led by an NSC senior health and safety consultant.

While slips, trips and falls can happen in any workplace, they are the leading causes of injuries and death in the construction industry. To reverse the trend, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Center for Construction Research and Training, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health launched a Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction. The campaign includes free educational materials anyone can access.

OSHA also offers educational materials for general industry, including the Fall Protection in General Industry Quick Card – English and Spanish, and the Preventing Falls Fact Sheet.

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2 Responses to National Safety Month, Week 3 Theme: Slips, Trips and Falls

  1. Thanks for making us aware about this safety tips.

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  2. Pingback: Stop Construction Falls » Texas Mutual Blog Highlights Danger of Falls

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