Slips, Trip and Falls - Pay Attention

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Slips, trips and falls is the number 1 reason for an industrial injury in the United States. Thousands of disabling injuries—and even deaths—occur each year as a result of slips, trips, and falls:

• From heights, on stairs, and on level ground

• At work and at home

Pay Attention to Your Movements and Surroundings

  • Focus on where you're going, what you're doing, and what lies ahead.
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Take responsibility for fixing, removing, or avoiding hazards in your path.
  • Wear sturdy shoes with nonskid soles and flat heels.
  • Avoid baggy or loose pants you could trip over.
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Wipe your feet when you come in from rain or snow.
  • Report or replace any burned out lights or inadequate lighting.
  • Watch out for floors that are uneven, have holes, etc.
  • Keep your hands at your sides, not in your pockets, for balance.
  • Don't carry loads you can't see over.
  • Walk slowly on slippery surfaces. —Slide your feet and avoid sharp turns.
  • Sit in chairs with all four chair legs on the floor.
  • Make sure all wheels or casters are on the floor.
  • Be constantly alert for—and remove or go around—obstructions in your path.

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