Health & Wellness

JANUARY: SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS

12.30.20

 

How much does Materials management on a job site play into slips, trips, and falls?

Slips, trips, and falls are the second leading cause of injury in the workplace and results in approximately 25,000 accidents daily in the United States. These accidents are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of
fatalities. As our projects become busier and more and more trades arrive on-site, the ability to work safely and productively can become difficult.

Falls are also the industry’s and OSHA’s #1 recordable injury throughout the U.S., and embedded in that fall category are those pesky slips and trips. Our industry requires us to brave the outdoor conditions to face the occupational hazard of exposure to extreme heat, extreme cold, or wet conditions, which sometimes cause the slip, trip, or fall. So it’s important to plan to give yourself sufficient time, both to get to the job site and to work on site. Always pay attention to the weather forecast to see what’s in store for the next day. Plan your work. Work your plan.

Major hazards associated with slips, trips, and fall injuries are slippery surfaces, hole or broken surfaces, poor drainage or inadequate cleanup of spills, mud, ice, and water. Falls are frequently the result of both unsafe acts and unsafe conditions. Personal factors such as illness, emotional state, fatigue, inattention to detail, and poor vision may also contribute to falls.

Work site conditions are directly related to the incident rate for these types of injuries. It is easy for all of us to fall into complacency with respect to the way our work area looks. We pay no attention to the hazards we work around every day. Take a moment every day to evaluate your job site and work areas to help make them better, safer places to work.