Brady - Slips, Trips and Falls: Advancing Your Safety Program

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This slips, trips and falls guide was created to not only give you a better explanation of what this common workplace safety offender is all about, but to dive deeper into exactly what causes these accidents, what you can do to avoid them and the steps to take when faced with an occurrence at your own facility.


Slip, trip and fall occurrences are no stranger to manufacturing facilities. But how much do you really know about these incidents and the regulations that are in place to keep your workplace safer?

What exactly are we talking about with slips, trips and falls, you ask?

Let’s break it down:

SLIP: Too little friction or traction between feet and walking/working surface, resulting in loss of balance.

TRIP: When a foot or lower leg hits an object and the upper body continues to move, or when stepping down to a lower surface, resulting in a loss of balance.

FALL: Too far off center of balance, resulting in a descent to the floor, into or against an object, or to a surface at a lower level than original surface.

These incidents are often caused by slippery, irregular or uneven surfaces, obstacles on the floor, or uncovered/unidentified hazard areas.

Slips, trips and falls are a dangerous and costly workplace occurrence that can be avoided.

In fact, there are some industry regulations currently in place that apply to these events:

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.22 – Walking/Working Surfaces

This standard supports worker safety by keeping workplaces clean and safe from hazards, including:

Keeping facilities clean, orderly and dry
• Providing draining, platforms, mats or other dry standing places when wet processes are used
• Keeping floors and workplaces free from protruding nails, splinters, holes and loose boards
• Keeping aisles clear and in good repair • Permanently marking aisles and passageways
• Using covers and guardrails to protect workers from open pits, tanks, vats, etc.
• Marking loads with approved plates and maintaining safe load weights

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.36 & 37 – Means of Egress

This standard supports the safety of exit routes. Some of the key elements that apply to slips, trips and fall in this standard include:

• The outdoor exit route must have guardrails to protect unenclosed sides if a fall hazard...

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