Slips, Trips and Falls in Construction Environments
Slips, trips and falls are involved in most workplace accidents. They cause 17 percent of disabling occupational injuries and 15 percent of on-the-job fatalities, but slips, trips and falls can be prevented. To help prevent them, construction workers need to understand the mechanics of slips, trips and falls, the types of hazards that lead to them and the safe practices and equipment that they can use to stay safely on their feet. They should also know how to reduce their chance of injury if they do fall and what they can do to help a coworker who has fallen and is injured. This program reminds employees about the hazards of slips, trips and falls and explains in detail what they can do to avoid them. Topics include our center of gravity, three types of walking surfaces, how slips, trips and falls occur, good housekeeping and maintenance, wearing proper footwear and how to respond to a fall properly.