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Have you conducted toolbox talks on trips and falls?

by , 09 December 2013
Statistics show that 66% of falls are as a result of slips and trips. These can result in serious injuries and cost your company thousands in compensation! The good news is you can avoid this by conducting toolbox talks on trips and falls. Here's what you need to cover when doing these talks...

As mentioned, you need to conduct toolbox talks on trips and falls.

Here's why you need to conduct toolbox talks on trips and falls

The Toolbox Talks Kit recommends you tell your employees that trips and falls could result in:

  • Loss of work hours and income if they're injured
  • Painful movement because of bruises or cuts.
  • Medical costs that have to be paid.
  • Having to walk around on crutches because of broken bones.

What causes trips and falls?

According to Reliable Plant.com, there are a variety of situations that may cause slips, trips and falls. These include:
 

  • Wet or greasy floors
  • Dry floors with wood, dust or powder
  • Uneven walking surfaces
  • Polished or freshly waxed floors
  • Loose flooring, carpeting or mats
  • Transition from one floor type to another
  • Missing or uneven floor tiles and bricks
  • Damaged or irregular steps; no handrails
  • Sloped walking surfaces
  • Shoes with wet, muddy, greasy or oily soles
  • Clutter
  • Electrical cords or cables
  • Open desk or filing cabinet drawers
  • Damaged ladder steps
  • Ramps and gang planks without skid-resistant surfaces
  • Metal surfaces (dock plates, construction plates)
  • Weather hazards (rain, sleet, ice, snow, hail, frost)
  • Wet leaves or pine needles


Is there a way your employees can protect themselves?

Yes.

Tell your employees to do the following to reduce trips and falls:

  1. Always be alert.
  2. Look where they're walking.
  3. If they move something, they must make sure everybody knows about it (put up signage).
  4. Enforce good housekeeping.
  5. Look before they walk or move.

Remember, 66% of falls are a result of slips and trips.

But training your employees to watch where they're walking and ensuring that proper housekeeping is implemented will go a long way in reducing these falls. So make toolbox talks on trips and falls a priority in your workplace.

Your employees must be alert, watch where they're walking and concentrate on where they're going.

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