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Safety Nugget Week of October 12 - Slips, Trips, and Falls< Back to Blog

Oct 15, 2015
By: G. Yepsen
Categories: Safety

Workplace hazards

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 230,000 workers in the United States sustained nonfatal injuries from slips, trips, and falls in a recent year, each resulting in one or more days away from work.  Most years slips, trips, and falls result in somewhere between 15 percent and 20 percent of all nonfatal workplace injuries, the highest frequency of injury of any single regulated activity.  In one recent year, 803 workers died as a result of workplace falls.

Common workplace hazards that lead to slips, trips, and falls include:

  • Not keeping work areas neat and orderly, not picking things off the floor, and so on;
  • Poor visibility caused by inadequate lighting or burned out lights in halls, stairwells, and outside;
  • Not watching where you’re going or carrying something you can’t see over;
  • Running or walking too fast;
  • Spills and wet or slippery floors;
  • Open drawers;
  • Uneven, defective flooring, or worn stairs;
  • Failure to use handrails when going up or down the stairs;
  • Lack of caution on ladders—especially using ladders that are defective or slippery;

Assess yourself!

See the attached self-assessment.  Print it out and see how you stand regarding these common workplace hazards…….and what action you may need to take.

CDC-Workplace Safety


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