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Slips and Falls

After motor vehicle, fall down accidents are the second leading cause of occupational fatalities. Each year, 12,000 employees are killed in these accidents. They also represent 25% of all non fatal accidents and 17% of all claims involving lost time.

The video, Smart Moves to Avoid Falling Down discusses causes and prevention of slips and falls. Any governmental entity may download and use this video.

Every operation should be evaluated to identify unsafe situations. The plans for all new construction should be reviewed by safety professionals and every existing facility should be periodically inspected to identify fall hazards. While only 35% of fall down accidents occur from heights such as ladders, scaffolds, and roofs, these accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries. Each of these functions should undergo a job hazard analysis. Begin by detailing the tasks that are involved, and what safety equipment is be needed to complete each task.

Most same level fall downs are caused by poor housekeeping such as slippery conditions, clutter and congestion. Every employee including office workers must receive basic safety training.

Research has also shown that the accident rate can be substantially reduced by reminding employee of basic precautions for a few minutes at the beginning of each shift.