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Hello and welcome to the Safety Corner. This time we are discussing slips, trips, and falls in the workplace. It is easy to think it won’t happen to me or it happened to them because they did something, but that’s simply not true. A slip, trip, or fall can happen to any of us at any time and while some people may have better balance or faster reflexes, slips, trips and falls do not discriminate. In fact, according to www.nfsi.org slips and falls are the leading cause for workers compensation claims and leading injury for those over 55…
In the past few years our department has experienced a number of injuries related to this topic that caused more than just a visit to the County doc. Some instances involved several days or weeks on light duty, but others required surgery and extended time off. I’m all for taking vacations, they’re good for us, but I would rather them be on your terms and not dictated by a doctor.
So, what can we do to prevent these types of injuries and accidents? I’m glad you asked. First and foremost, we need to be aware of the different hazards in our workplace. We have stairs, curbs, equipment that sticks out or drips liquids. We have stored materials, dust and debris generated by the work we do, and other hazards. You need to evaluate the area you are working or walking through and address the hazards. It can be a simple as sweeping up dust, decluttering a walk path, or wiping up a spill. Whatever the hazard is it needs to be addressed by you so it doesn’t injure someone else. You may think it’s not that big a deal, but even if you don’t get hurt, if your coworker does it will still affect you. You will have to pick up their workload or work their shift rotations while they are out, all of which puts additional strain on the team and you already have enough to do. So next time you see something, do something about it.
The last part of this discussion is on foot wear. Our shoes play an important role in our safety. Tennis shoes, dress shoes, flip flops, and other types of footwear are not meant for the environment we work in; they’re designed for a specific purpose and it’s not standing on ladders or piping, carrying heavy loads, working in wet conditions, or any of the other hazards we face. Non-slip safety shoes are highly encouraged while working, as they provide the support and slip resistance needed to do your job safely.
Thanks for reading this edition of the Safety Corner. Please be sure to attend this month’s safety training and bring your questions or discussion points on slips, trips, and falls.