Whether employees trip and fall, slip and fall, or fall from a height, the risk of injury is high. And the higher they go, the harder they fall! So make sure you have all the fall hazards in your work areas covered.
Stairs can be dangerous, especially if employees:
- Fail to hold on to handrails.
- Run rather than walk up or down.
- Neglect watching their step.
- Forget to inspect steps for slippery surfaces.
- Leave objects on stairs.
- Are careless when carrying objects.
Ladders are a major fall hazard, and accidents can be disabling or deadly. Make sure your employees know how to:
- Select the right ladder for the job.
- Set the ladder up correctly.
- Climb safely and work sensibly on a ladder.
High workspaces, such as multilevel areas like scaffolds, create the potential for additional fall hazards and more serious injuries. Ensure that employees who work high up follow safety procedures and take the precautions they’ve been trained to use. Also make sure the structures they work on are properly inspected before each shift.
If personal fall arrest systems are required, make sure employees are fully trained on how to use them and that they use the systems every time they’re at risk.
Don’t Slip Up on Slip Hazards
It’s easy to slip on wet or smooth surfaces. Even a little slip can add up to a big injury so take these steps to prevent falls on slippery floors:
- Put up signs or barriers to warn people when floors are wet or hazardous.
- Put down mats near entryways on rainy days.
In addition, train employees to:
- Clean up spills, drips, and leaks immediately.
- Wear sensible shoes with nonskid soles, and wipe their feet when they come inside on wet days.
- Shuffle their feet when they’re on slippery surfaces.
- Report slip hazards if they can’t or are not authorized to fix them.
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If your employees should ever fall, they can minimize injuries by knowing how to fall the “right” way. To fall safely, they need to hit the ground with as much surface area of their bodies as possible to spread the impact across a wide area. Train employees to use these techniques:
- Bend elbows and knees so that legs and arms absorb the fall.
- Roll with the fall.
- Protect vital areas by tucking the head into the collarbone.
- Use the insides of forearms and hands to break the fall, not wrists.
Don’t Fall Down on Safety Training
Slips, trips, and falls cause too many disabling injuries, lost workdays, and even deaths every year. Don’t let your employees fall victim to the statistics. Make sure they know how to avoid slip, trip, and fall hazards!
Unfortunately, up until now, safety training has been a real challenge—there’s such a load of extraneous planning, preparing, and tracking involved. But we’ve got good news—BLR’s editors have developed a unique new program that’s done all that work for you.
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