Don't Fall for That!
Most of us have housekeeping duties at home, however, we sometimes forget that housekeeping is a key duty on the job, too. Good housekeeping is critical. Safety and housekeeping go hand-in-hand. If your work area housekeeping habits are poor, the result may be a higher occurrence of slips, trips, and falls. Noticeably clean and well organized work spaces are a good indication that overall safety is good. Don’t wait until the end of the work shift or work week to clean your work area, keep cleaning it along the way.
Slips, Trips, Falls
Slips typically occur on wet/oily surfaces where spills, and/or poor drainage collects. Tracking of oils and fluids onto stairs and ladders can also contribute to a potential slipping incident. Take time to keep all working areas and walking paths clean and dry.
Tripping occurs when a person unexpectedly catches their foot. In most cases, the objects people trip on are small and unobtrusive, such as cracks in the floor or welding leads and extension cords. Where possible, use wooden or nonconductive tree stands to keep cords/leads overhead.
Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency room. Take time prior at the beginning of a job to document on the JSA any potential falling risk.
Being in a hurry will result in walking too fast or running which increases the chances of a slip, trip or fall. Taking shortcuts, not watching where one is going, using a cell phone, carrying materials which obstruct vision, wearing sunglasses in low-lit areas, not using designated walkways and speed are all common elements in many on-the-job injuries.