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Most slips and falls occur the following days after a winter storm. Below are tips for walking on the snow and ice. Take care and have a safe day.
Walking Safely on Snow and Ice
Walking to and from parking lots or between buildings at work during the winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are some of the most frequent types of injuries that the Safety Department sees especially during the winter months.
No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from parking lots or sidewalks, pedestrians will still encounter some slippery surfaces when walking outdoors in the winter. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers and to learn to walk safely on ice and slippery surfaces.
§ Wear appropriate shoes.
§ Walk in designated walkways.
§ Watch where you are walking.
§ Walk slowly and don’t rush!
§ Plan ahead and give yourself enough time.
It is recommended to keep these important safety tips in mind:
Choosing Appropriate Clothing
Walking Over Ice
Point your feet out slightly like a penguin! Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your center of gravity.
Dealing with Traffic
Another hazard of walking on icy ground is dealing with poor road conditions. Keep these safety tips in mind if you’re going to be crossing the street:
Walking over slippery floor can be just as dangerous as walking over ice! Keep these tips in mind if you are entering a building:
If You Should Fall
If you fall backward, make a conscious effort to tuck your chin so your head won’t hit the ground with full force.
Safety First, Safety Always!
Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald, Safety and Security Manager for Plateau
Slips, trips and falls are a serious concern in the workplace. In fact, falls make up approximately 20% of all workplace injuries. They result in an average of 11 days away from work, and nearly $40,000 in costs per incident.
Download this free whitepaper, 10 Steps to Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls, to learn how to keep your employees safe and keep your facility in compliance with OSHAs standards for safe walking/working surfaces.
In this whitepaper, youll learn:
This guide is available on the Brady Website at: http://www.bradyid.com/bradyid/downloads/downloadsPageView.do?file=10_Steps_To_Prevent_Slips_Trips_Falls_Guide.pdf
Looking for a good training video for your next safety meetings?
Considering the fact that slips, trips and falls are still one of the biggest causes of accidents in the workplace and usually the most easy to fix, the video by worksafebc.com might be a great place to start.
The video does a great job of covering all the basics and more in an easy to follow fairly entertaining manner.
Check out their Youtube video. While you’re there, have a look at the other videos they’ve posted.
The tragic deaths of three people this past week at Yosemite National Park has a strange connection with workplace safety and that is namely “How much protection and warning is enough?”
In case you missed the news story… three hikers climbed over the railing, ignoring signs that warned of the danger of doing so as well as ignoring the advice of others present, died when they were swept over the falls. One of the three slipped and started to slide, the other two, in an effort to save their friend, were pulled along and swept to their deaths.
Tragic as these deaths are, it sounds pretty straight forward. Now apparently, the families of the three who were killed are hiring a consultant to evaluate whether the safety measures were adequate. I personally have no doubt that the consultant will conclude that they weren’t, that’s always how these things go. Already, the consultant, Romian Kiryakous has been quoted as saying “I’m not content with that skimpy little rail”. I’m not really sure why the thickness of the rail is a problem, after all the rail didn’t fail.
Last Saturday, I hiked to the top of Multnomah falls in Oregon, ironically it’s second in height only to the Yosemite falls in North America. At the top of those falls, there is the same “skimpy railing”. That same “skimpy railing” has been there for a very long time and it has served to keep millions of people from plummeting over the falls to their deaths.
The fault can’t be put on the shoulders of the three youths, they are, after all, dead. Someone has to be blamed and “safety measures” seem to be the easy target. I have no doubt that a lawsuit will follow.
As a safety professional, I have walked through numerous facilities where barriers and signs are posted in order to protect workers from potential dangers. Barriers and signs are what OSHA requires. If these are in place, the OSHA inspectors are happy.
My question to the families and the consultant is “What exactly is appropriate protection?” Are we going to have to erect walls that keep hikers hundreds of feet back? Maybe electrified fences? Armed patrols with stun guns? Cages from which the falls can be viewed?
It is always hard to write about something of this nature without sounding insensitive put this blogger for one, has to state the obvious. The barrier (“skimpy” or not) was enough to keep everyone else away from danger; the signs that are posted were also enough. These three kids died because they chose to ignore them. It required a fair amount of work to climb over that barrier. It took a conscious “snubbing” of the rules of the park as well as willful defiance of the warnings of others present.
I feel saddened at the deaths but trying to blame anyone but the youths is ludicrous and will only lead to increased safety measured designed only to protect people from their own stupidity.
Falls account for a high percentage of deaths in construction and a big part of our business has to do with fall protection. Unfortunately falls also account for a large percentage of fatalities in the home as well.
Anyone who’s had kids has experienced the shock of suddenly seeing that child who can’t even walk yet standing on top of a dresser or a table. It’s enough to make you think that we did indeed evolve from monkeys. We suddenly become aware of the fact that the window we didn’t think we needed to worry about for a while yet needs to be looked at.
Windows and balconies that are two or more stories up are potentially a problem. Even first floor windows can cause injuries. Falls from as little as two feet can result in head injuries or even fatalities. Do not assume that there is no way that your child will ever be able to reach it. He or she will. It isn’t a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when”. Part of the problem is that children assume that screens will hold them and therefore lean against them without a care in the world. A fear of heights isn’t something we are born with it’s something that we develop over time.
Building codes vary from state to state so check to find out what the codes are for your area.
A few rules of thumb, however….
I know that one of my big projects at my home this summer is going to be a redo of the balcony. The balusters aren’t spaced properly and they are held in place with only a nail of two. With our grandson coming over, it’s a major priority to make sure he’s safe when he’s out there. This is what it looks like now:
And this is what I would like to do.
Where would I find the black metal rods?
While slips and falls might be hilarious in the movies (Think man slipping on a banana peel), in real life they are serious and costly business. In 1999 slips, trips and falls accounted for over 1 million injuries and 17,000 fatalities; that’s 15% of all disabling injuries for that year. That’s a lot of time off work, a lot of pain and a lot of money (the average disabling injury cost upwards of $28,000 and close to 1 million dollars for a fatality).
Want to step up your safety program? Want to help reduce injuries in your workplace? Or even in your home? Start with slips, trips and falls.
Falls fit into one of two categories: Same Level or Elevated Level
Today’s blog is going to focus on same level falls and tomorrow we will look at elevated level falls.
Same level falls (SLF) account for 60% of falls and are caused by one of two things:
The first cause listed above is a matter of paying attention to carpets with frayed edges and making sure that all lips and ledges are clearly marked with marking tape. Be sure to clearly mark a perimeter on the ground around all the racks and shelving.
The second cause is best dealt with by mopping up and cleaning up messes, rainwater and spills right away. Installing the proper matting in chronic areas can also “elevate” people above the hazard. Be aware of areas where the floor might be wet and install the appropriate matting or anti-slip tape or anti-slip paint. In other areas, the safety issue might be due to shavings, debris or other scraps that accumulate on the floor. Here again, the right dry environment matting can help.
Taking a little time to thoroughly examine your environment can make a huge difference.
Tomorrow… Elevated Level Falls
June is National Safety month (not National Safety, Inc. month, though we would feel honored if that were the case…) and the National Safety Council is launching a campaign to try to educate us concerning the dangers inherent in the home.
The bad news is that the number of injuries and death inside the home is still way to high. The good news is that small changes in behavior and a little work can dramatically decrease the danger to yourself and your loves ones in your home.
The Home Safety Council provides a number of resources that we should all take advantage of. Among them is a downloadable checklist in .pdf format (Click here to download it).
The top three in-home injuries and the checklist to prevent them are:
If this list seems daunting, why not break it down into smaller “Daily To-Do Tasks” over the next week or so. Making this a priority can make a HUGE difference.
Also, be sure to check out all the other resources available at: http://www.homesafetycouncil.org/resource_center/resourcecenter.aspx