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June 2013 National Safety Month Tips
Week 1: June 3-8
Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
“Safety starts with me” is this year’s theme for National Safety Month. It is important that we all realize safety does start with each and every one of us not matter if it is at home, work or play. This week’s topic is Slips, trips and falls. Most slips, trips and falls are preventable. Many people attribute falls to not having good situational awareness of their surroundings or being clumsy or not paying attention, but many other risk factors do exist. Risk factors include physical hazards in the environment, age-related issues, pets and health conditions. Reduce your risk and find fall hazards in your workplace and home to prevent injuries and keep others safe round the clock.
• Keep floors and stairs clean and clear of clutter; also beware of pets running under your feet.
• Maintain good lighting both indoors and on outdoor walkways
• Secure electrical, computer cables and phone cords out of traffic areas or add cord cover to existing cords.
• Use non-skid throw rugs in potentially slippery places, like bathrooms
• Install handrails on stairways or patio rails, including porches
• Use a sturdy step stool or ladder when climbing or reaching for high places
• Clean up all spills immediately
• Wear sensible footwear or footwear with a tread for traction grip features.
• Never stand on a the top of a ladder, chair, table or surface on wheels
• Arrange furniture to provide open pathways to walk through
• Periodically, check the condition of outdoor walkways and steps and repair as necessary
• Remove fallen leaves or snow from outdoor walkways to see possible trip hazards
• Be aware that alcohol or other drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicine, can affect your balance and increase risk of falling
Older adult falls
Older adults are more prone to become the victim of falls and the resulting injuries can diminish the ability to lead active, independent lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following tips can greatly help older adults prevent falls, but are beneficial to those of all ages.
• Stay active: Chances of falling can be reduced by improving strength and balance. Examples of activities include brisk walking, tai chi and yoga.
• Fall-proof your home: This includes taking advantage of the tips above and removing all tripping hazards.
• Review your medications: Have your doctor or pharmacist review all the medications you take both prescription and over-the-counter. Some medications or combination of medicines can make you drowsy or light-headed, which can potentially lead to a fall.
• Check your vision: It’s best to have your vision checked at least once a year to make sure you have the best prescription for your glasses. Poor vision greatly increases your risk of falling.
June 2013 Daily Tips
June 3: Avoid falls by keeping all walkways clean and clear of clutter and maintaining good lighting.
June 4: Help avoid falls by staying active to improve your strength and balance, especially for older adults.
June 5: To avoid slips, trips and falls, check the area you will be working in for hazards, such as cords or liquids on the floor.
June 6: Properly arranging your furniture at work and home can help prevent falls.
June 7: In the event of a power outage, have an emergency kit prepared containing multiple flashlights and batteries to avoid tripping over objects in the dark.
Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls Quiz
1. Falls account for ________ emergency room visits each year.
A. 8.7 million
C. 1 billion
2. Which of the following risk factors contribute to falls?
A. Age-related issues
B. Physical hazards in the environment
C. Health conditions
D. All of the above
3. Staying active is only beneficial to older adults in preventing falls.
4. What are some common fall hazards?
A. Clutter on the stairs
B. Phone and electrical cords
C. Both A and B
D. None of the above
5. Which of the following tips can help prevent a fall?
A. Leaving water on the floor
B. Having snow on the walkway
C. Having cords out where you can see them
D. Maintaining good lighting both indoors and outdoors
Slips, trips, and falls cause numerous injuries every day. But they are among the easiest hazards to correct. Take the time to look around your worksite, office or homes for these hazards and work to prevent them. Take care not to cause any slip, trip, or fall hazards as you go about your daily activities. Don’t let a slip, trip, or fall keep you from enjoying all that life has to offer.
Please raise our Slip, Trip and Fall Awareness and remember Safety First, Safety Always!
Information from National Safety Council, CDC, National Floor Safety Institute and ASSE
Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald, Safety and Security Manager for Plateau
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.
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