Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common causes of injury in the workplace.  There are many situations that may cause slips, trips, and falls, such as ice, wet spots, grease, polished floors, improper footwear, loose flooring or carpeting, uneven walking surfaces, clutter, electrical cords, open desk drawers and filing cabinets, and damaged ladder steps.

The controls needed to prevent these hazards are usually obvious, but too often ignored, such as keeping walkways and stairs clear of scrap and debris; coiling up extension cords, lines, and hoses when not in use; keeping electrical and other wires out of the way; wearing lug soles in icy weather; clearing parking lots, stairs, and walkways in snowy weather; and using salt/sand as needed.  Below is an example checklist that can be used to find and correct slip, trip and fall hazards.

  • Do you have an anti-slip soled shoe program in place and is it working?
  • Are there times established during the day for clean-up? (Prior to breaks is a Best Practice)
  • Are aisles and passageways kept clear?
  • Are stairs and wet surfaces covered with non-slip materials?
  • Are holes in the floor, sidewalk, or other walking surfaces repaired properly, covered, or otherwise made safe?
  • Is there a walkthrough inspection process, and preventive maintenance program in place?
  • Are materials or equipment stored in such a way that prevents hazards?
  • Are spilled materials cleaned up immediately?
  • Are all staff focused and rewarded for proper housekeeping and work area set-up?
  • Are changes of direction or elevations readily identifiable?
  • Are all fall hazards protected with a standard guardrail or other acceptable safeguard?
  • Are bridges or other safe means provided over conveyors and similar hazards?
  • Are designated pathways established for people where hazards are controlled?
  • Are stairs having four or more risers equipped with standard stair railings?

Slips, trips, and falls are a common type of accident in general industry. While management has a responsibility to make workplaces as safe as possible, employees also have a responsibility to report any hazards they find and to follow safe work practices to minimize risk.

  • Follow the slip, trip, and fall prevention plan.
  • Complete all relevant training: know the hazards in your workplace and what PPE is required.
  • Report any hazards you see.
  • Clean up obstacles and clutter, and immediately clean up spills.
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes.
  • Do not run in the workplace: walk.
  • Watch your step, paying attention to hazards and warnings, such as “wet floor” signs. Do not use your cell phone while walking or using stairs.
  • Follow safe practices when carrying objects: large or unwieldy loads may impair your vision or be distracting.
  • Follow safe practices when using ladders or working around edges.

Physical Factors

  • Be aware of your physical condition: you are more likely to have an accident if you are fatigued, sleepy, or sick.
  • If you take medication, be aware of its effects and assure that you are safe to work.
  • You can minimize your risk of fall-related injuries by exercising regularly and eating a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium.
  • Corrective lenses may be necessary for impaired vision. Wear them if necessary, but be sure to also follow any eye protection requirements.

If you work in an area with many hazards, it is especially important to pay attention, to avoid being distracted, and to not rush.

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SSP takes an active role in the safety and accident prevention of our employees by establishing an Annual Training Calendar. Each month has topics that coincides with trending safety issues and seasons, listed below are the training topics by month.

  • January: Covid-19 Housekeeping/ Reporting
  • February: Accident Reporting
  • March: Personal Protective Equipment
  • April: Safe Lifting / Back injury Prevention
  • May: Working around Machinery
  • June: Sexual Harassment
  • July: Emergency Action Plan
  • August: Fire Prevention
  • September: Dock Safety
  • October: Slip, Trips and Falls
  • November: Slip, Trips and Falls Continued
  • December: Blood Bourne Pathogens

Safety training is designed to work with your Corporate Safety Program. Safety Programs and Certifications can be completed with our assistance. Listed below are a few Safety Training Topics.

  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Prevention
  • Forklift Training
  • Workers Comp Claims Management
  • Computer Work Station Safety
  • Confined Space
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Hazardous Spills
  • DOT Hazmat General Awareness
  • Emergency Planning
  • Eye Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Hand and Power Tool Safety
  • Hand Wrist and Finger Safety
  • Hazardous Communications
  • Lock Out Tag Out
  • Machine Guard Safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Repertory Protection and Safety

The Facts

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Individuals of any gender can be the target of sexual harassment. Unlawful sexual harassment does not have to be motivated by sexual desire. Sexual harassment may involve harassment of a person of the same gender as the harasser, regardless of either person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.