Stand Up To Falls – National Safety Month 2017

June is National Safety Month, and Stonehouse Signs, as a founding member of the National Safety Council (NSC,) encourages all employers and employees to participate by discussing the weekly safety topics the NSC has chosen to highlight. This week’s topic is Stand Up To Falls. Businesses and other organizations are welcome to use this article as a conversation tool to spur an important safety discussion with their employees.

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Stonehouse Signs National Safety Month 2017For the first week of National Safety Month, the focus is on stopping a common hazard that is present across all industries – slips, trips and falls. In fact, slips, trips and falls are such a pervasive hazard that National Safety Months in 2014 and 2015 also focused on the topic. Yet despite this, slips, trips and falls remain the second most common cause of workplace injuries and deaths, second only to motor vehicle accidents. And fall accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.

During week one of National Safety Month, employers are encouraged to revisit the basics regarding slips, trips, and falls. Specifically, workplaces are advised this week to:

  • Evaluate your workplace for tripping hazards;
  • Remove, minimize or mark the hazard;
  • And implement good housekeeping practices and worker education to prevent the recurrence of tripping hazards.

Common tripping hazards to look for during your workplace evaluation include:

  • Cords, including electric and phone cords
  • Blocked doorways or walking areas
  • Loose flooring, including rugs that aren’t properly secured
  • Open cabinets and drawers
  • Areas where liquids, spills, ice or other slip hazards occur
  • Inadequate drainage systems
  • Uneven floor surfaces
  • Inadequate lighting, especially in stairwells or other common fall-hazard areas

It is advised that you remove the fall hazard if possible. If not possible to remove the hazard completely, the next best step is to minimize the hazard as much as possible, and clearly mark the fall hazards to alert workers to take extra care around them.

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Workplaces are also advised to evaluate other slip, trip and fall risks that may require worker training and education. These include:

  • Worker’s footwear – evaluating to ensuring it is proper for the environment they are working in
  • Distracted walking – encouraging attentiveness to worker’s surroundings at all times
  • Poor carrying habits or other activities that can impact a worker’s vision
  • Poor housekeeping habits – including clutter in the work area or spills not being cleaned up promptly and properly

Of course, once the basics are mastered, there are other steps you can and should take to prevent trips, slips and falls at your workplace. OSHA has specific fall protection rules for different workplace scenarios, including when working with scaffolding or ladders. For more information on fall prevention, you can read our other articles on the topic:

We hope our tips will help your workplace prevent slips, trips and falls and contribute to overall worker safety. Join Stonehouse Signs next week as we discuss National Safety Month’s Week Two Topic, “Recharge To Be In Charge,” which will address worker fatigue.

Since its founding in 1863, Stonehouse Signs has produced high-quality visual communications solutions for various industries and the government. The company specializes in custom products for safety, information and accident prevention, and manufactures a full line of safety signs and facility signssafety tags, vinyl safety decals, and custom magnetic whiteboards designed for extended outdoor life, harsh environments and demanding applications. For more information contact Stonehouse Signs today.

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