How much does Materials management on a jobsite 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.

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.

In general, slips and trips occur due to a loss of traction between the shoe and the walking surface or an inadvertent contact with a fixed or moveable object which may lead to a fall. There are a variety of situations that may cause slips, trips and falls:

– 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 file 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

All in all, follow these guidelines to help you create a safer working environment.

– Create Good Housekeeping Practices
– Reduce Wet or Slippery Surfaces
– Avoid Creating Obstacles in Aisles and Walkways
– Create and Maintain Proper Lighting
– Wear Proper Shoes
– Control Individual Behavior

Weifield cares and wants all our employees safe!