Friday, July 13, 2012

Slips, Trips and Falls


Slips, Trips and Falls



Falls from Heights

…the key is to remember that every inch higher you go in elevation, the more caution you should use.
This classification includes falling from waist height (ie. off of transfers, stairs, equipment cabs, etc) to roof and bin heights and everything in between.  Access is usually from stairs, ladders or mobile work platforms and the key is to remember that every inch higher you go in elevation, the more caution you should use.  Remember that site safety rules require personal fall protection anytime you are exposed to a fall of more than 1.5 metres (6’).  Fall protection permits are used to ensure compliance with safety rules.  We use “Fall Restraint” to keep you from falling in the first place and “Fall Arrest” which stops you between the elevation and the ground.


Remember to go up and down steps, stairways and ladders safely, using handrails and handles as necessary. Let us know if lighting becomes an issue in your work area.



Falls Through Openings

This can’t happen to me.  Think again!  This is an all-too-common event in industrial situations. Be aware of openings in your work area and help us ensure they are properly guarded or covered.



Slips/Trips - Falls on the Same Elevation

It doesn’t sound easy to fall on the same elevation but the fact is that this one of the leading accident causes.  Statistics show that the majority (60 percent) of falls happen on the same elevation resulting from slips and trips.  The key is to think about where your feet are and watch for things that could cause you to stumble or slip.

- Housekeeping:  Keep safe walking areas safe by keeping them clear and wiping up spills.

- Carrying things:  Make sure you can see where you are walking.

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ACCIDENT CAUSATION 101
Accidents are caused.
Accidents can be prevented if the causes are eliminated.
Unless the causes are eliminated, accidents can happen again.








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    – Stepping down to lower surface & losing balance

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