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Slips, Trips & Falls

December 1, 2014  (Monticello - Corporate Office)

 

Monticello, IA – Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. Second only to motor vehicle accidents; slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accidents leading to personal injury. Slips, trips and falls can result in head injuries, broken bones, cuts and lacerations, or sprained muscles. The Bureau of State Risk Management has identified “slips, trips and falls” as one of the top five causes of workers’ compensation claims over the last 6 years.

There are many situations that may cause slips, trips, and falls, such as ice, wet spots, grease, polished floors, loose flooring or carpeting, uneven walking surfaces, clutter, electrical cords, open desk drawers and filing cabinets. Loose, irregular surfaces such as gravel, shifting floor tiles, and uneven sidewalks, can make it difficult to maintain your footing. Most slip, trip and fall incidents are preventable with general precautions and safety measures.

Some general precautions to prevent slips, trips and falls include; but are not limited to:

  • Use absorbent mats in entrance ways during inclement weather
  • Display wet floor signs when appropriate
  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Wear proper footwear for better traction on slippery surfaces
  • Take slow, small steps
  • Use rails or other stable objects that you can hold onto
  • Avoid stringing cords or lines across hallways or in any walkway

Slips, trips and falls can happen at any time. Be aware of your surroundings and take a proactive part in maintaining a safe environment at work and at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Reference: “Accident Prevention: Slips, Trips and Falls” University Safety and Assurances Web. 24 Nov 2014 <https://www4.uwm.edu/usa/safety/general_safety/slips.cfm>

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