Monday, June 7, 2010

Slips, Trips and Falls

Using a trolley as a substitute for a step ladder is a very unsafe practice. Falling, even from this seemingly low height can result in serious injury. Slips, Trips and Falls are the second most common accident category in the workplace today. This shot perfectly illustrates why. . .

Slips usually occur when there is a loss of grip between the shoe and the floor. This commonly occurs when there is a contaminant between the shoe and the floor. Trips occur when a person’s foot hits a low obstacle in the person’s path, causing a loss of balance. Often, the obstacle is not easily visible or noticed.

Below are links to some good Slips, Trips and Falls documentation, articles and codes of practice in your country:

Australia and New Zealand: Safe Work Australia
United States: OSHA
United Kingdom: Health and Safety Executive
Canada: Canada Safety Council

Also, please check out our DVD on Slips, Trips and Falls below: