This month we are going to review Slips, Trips and Falls. Over the last couple of months the majority of our Worker Compensation Claims have been due to a slip, trip or a fall. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents. 25% of all reported claims for the fiscal year are due to slips, trips and falls and over 17% of all disabling work injuries are a results of a fall while at work.
The definition of a Slip: When there is too little friction or traction between or feet and the walking or working surface, and you loose your balance.
The definition of a Trip: When your foot hits and object and your upper body continues moving forward or backwards, throwing you off balance. A Trip can also be when you are stepping down unexpectedly to a lower surface and loose your step. Like when you step off a curb.
The definition of a Fall: Occurs when you are too far off your center of balance. This generally happens when you have a misstep going down a stairwell or when you get out a vehicle too quickly.
The most common injuries that happen due to a Slip, Trip or a Fall are:
o Sprains and Strains
o Bruises and Contusions
o Abrasions and Lacerations
Commonly affected Body Parts in Slip, Trip or Fall injury:
o Knee, Ankle and Foot
o Wrist and Elbow
So how can you protect yourself form a Slip, Trip or a Fall?
o Make sure you are paying attention where you are walking or running.
o Make sure that the driveways are always free of clutter.
o Make sure you are following the proper lifting and carrying methods outlined in your Job Safety Agreement.
o Report any hazards to your Manager or Driveway Ambassador
o Make sure that you are using a lighted pathway
o Make sure that you are using the Safe Path of Travel that was outlined to you in your Safety Checklist.
o Be aware of your surroundings.
o Have the proper Footwear for running and walking fast
Take your time, watch your step and stay safe!!