Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
Fall Prevention Awareness Week is September 21-25, 2020
Sometimes all it takes is one time slipping on a wet surface to cause a debilitating injury to a worker’s back, a broken bone, or worse. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 791 work-related fatalities and 240,160 non-fatal work-related injuries due to slips, trips and falls in 2018.
Once an injury occurs, a worker is typically unable to work for an extended period of time, potentially meaning less income. There could also be significant medical expenses and decreased ability to conduct your normal daily activities, making it difficult to take care of your loved ones.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- ONLY WEAR STURDY, WATERPROOF WORK BOOTS This helps keep your feet dry and prevents them from slipping off most surfaces. NO flip flops, slides, or sandals.
- MAKE SURE YOUR WORK BOOTS HAVE GOOD NON-SLIP TREAD This helps give you good traction in adverse weather conditions and prevents slips/falls. If your work boots are old, chances are good the tread is worn down and it’s time for a new pair.
- MAKE SURE YOUR WORK BOOTS HAVE A STEEL SAFETY TOE This helps prevent injuries from bumps or items accidentally dropped on your foot.
- REVIEW YOUR SURROUNDINGS Look around you to see if there are any potential hazards, like potholes, water/snow on the ground, etc.
- USE THREE POINTS OF CONTACT When getting in or getting out of your truck or trailer, make sure you have either two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand making contact with the truck the whole time. This helps ensure stability.
If you follow these basic guidelines you will drastically reduce the chance of a slip, trip or fall type of accident. Your employer and your family will also appreciate your efforts to work safer and come home happy and healthy at the end of the workday.
If you should have any questions regarding the information above or would like to discuss other safety topics, please don’t hesitate to contact Cline Wood at ph #888-451-3900 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, A look at work injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on Workers’ Memorial Day on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/a-look-at-work-injuries-illnesses-and-fatalities-on-workers-memorial-day.htm (visited August 28, 2020).