March 31, 2017
Safety is everybody’s business.
It is important to remember that safety is everybody’s business. Falls hazards are present at home and at most job sites, and many workers are exposed to these hazards daily. Any walking or working surface could be a potential fall hazard.
Each year over 200,000 people suffer from a slip, trip or fall at home. The majority are adults between ages 25-55.
Types of Falls
There are two basic types of falls – elevated falls and same-level falls.
- SAME-LEVEL FALLS are generally slips or trips. Over 60 percent of falls are from less than 10 feet.
- ELEVATED FALLS are less frequent but more severe than same-level falls. They include falls from ladders, roofs, down stairs, or from jumping to a lower level.
Safe Work Practices
Falls can be prevented through a number of steps:
- Good lighting
- Good housekeeping
- Good quality walking surfaces
- Appropriate walking pace: walk, don’t run
- Paying attention to where you are going
All Personnel should:
- Clean or report spills right away.
- Clear away clutter and debris, debris, if possible.
- Report hazardous conditions to supervisors.
- Remain aware that falls can happen anywhere, at any time.
Learning How to Fall
Naturally, the goal is to not slip, trip, or fall; however, the possibility still exists. You can learn how to fall correctly to avoid serious injury. Follow
- Tuck your chin, turn your head, and throw an arm up. It is better to land on your arm than on your head.
- While falling, twist or roll your body to the side. It is better to land on your buttocks and side than on your back.
- Keep your wrists, elbows, and knees bent. Do not try to break the fall with your hands or elbows. When falling, the objective is to have as many square inches of your body contact the surface as possible, thus spreading out the impact of the fall.