Slips, Trips and Falls
Goals: This safety session should teach employees to
Recognize the many workplace slip, trip, and fall hazards.
Prevent conditions and acts that cause slips, trips, and falls.
Applicable Regulations: 29 CFR 1910.22(a)(1) and (2), 1910.23, 1910.25-27, .17
- Slips, Trips, and Falls Cause Many Injuries-Sometimes Serious Ones
Thousands of disabling injuries-and even deaths-occur each year as a result of slips, trips, and falls:·
- From heights, on stairs, and on level ground
- At work and at home
- Safety Regulations Try to Remove Slip, Trip, and Fall Hazards
OSHA and company rules try to prevent slips, trips, and falls by requiring:
- Floors that are kept clean, dry, and in good repair
- Aisles, stairs, and passageways that are free of clutter and obstructions
- Safe ladder design and use
- Rails and guards around floor and wall openings
- Clean, orderly, sanitary work areas
- Maintain Work Areas to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls
- Keep walkways, aisles, and stairs free of tools, materials, and other hazards.
- Clean up any leaks or spills on floors, stairs, entrance ways, and loading docks promptly.
- Repair or report floor problems, such as broken planks, missing tiles, etc.
- Block off and mark floor areas that are being cleaned or repaired.
- Keep cords, power cables, and air hoses out of walkways.
- Place trash promptly in proper containers.
- Keep drawers closed.
- Take Precautions on Stairs and Dock Edges
- Report missing or broken stair rails and slippery or damaged treads.
- Walk, don't run, on stairs. Hold onto stair rails while going up and down.
- Don't jump on or off platforms and loading docks, and stay away from edges.
- Don't carry a load you can't see over, especially on stairs or around dock edges.
- Choose and Use Ladders Carefully
- Use a ladder, not boxes or chairs, to reach high places.
- Use only ladders that have all their parts.
- Check that cleats, rungs, and steps are firm and unbroken.
- Choose a ladder that's the right height for the job.
- Place ladders firmly on level surfaces.
- Hold the rails and face the ladder as you climb it.
- Center your body between the ladder rails; don't lean to the side.
- Pay Attention to Your Movements and Surroundings
- Focus on where you're going, what you're doing, and what lies ahead.
- Expect the unexpected.
- Take responsibility for fixing, removing, or avoiding hazards in your path.
- Wear sturdy shoes with nonskid soles and flat heels.
- Avoid baggy or loose pants you could trip over.
- Walk, don't run.
- Wipe your feet when you come in from rain or snow.
- Report or replace any burned out lights or inadequate lighting.
- Watch out for floors that are uneven, have holes, etc.
- Keep your hands at your sides, not in your pockets, for balance.
- Don't carry loads you can't see over.
- Walk slowly on slippery surfaces. Slide your feet and avoid sharp turns.
- Sit in chairs with all four chair legs on the floor. Make sure all wheels or casters are on the floor.
- Be constantly alert for-and remove or go around-obstructions in your path.
- Learn to Fall 'Properly'
If you do fall, you can reduce the chance of serious injury if you:
- Roll with the fall
- Bend your elbows and knees and use your legs and arms to absorb the fall
- Get medical attention after a fall to treat anything torn, sprained, or broken
As you conduct this session, ask participants to identify possible slip, trip, and fall hazards in the work area. Have them remove hazards after the session.
Conclusion: Be Alert and Safety Conscious-Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls
Pay attention to your movements and remove postential hazards from your path so you-and other won't be injured by slips, trips, or falls.