11/26/2009

Tips on slips, trips and falls

We often take walking from point 'a' to point 'b' for granted while on the job,
but a routine situation can change quickly and dramatically because of slips,
trips and falls.

There are many situations that may cause slips, trips, and falls, such as ice,
wet spots, grease, polished floors, loose flooring or carpeting, uneven walking
surfaces, clutter, electrical cords, open desk drawers and filing cabinets, and
damaged ladder steps. The controls needed to prevent these hazards are usually
obvious, but too often ignored, such as keeping walkways and stairs clear of
scrap and debris; coiling up extension cords, lines, and hoses when not in use;
keeping electrical and other wires out of the way; wearing lug soles in icy
weather; clearing parking lots, stairs, and walkways in snowy weather; and
using salt/sand as needed.

The US-American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is aware
of that fact and has an assortment of information from standards and rules to
training programs to help reduce the hazards that cause these incidents.
Walking/Working Surfaces is a Safety and Health Topics Web page that focuses on
standards, hazards and controls, and provides a launching point for even more
information.

More info


AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration