The construction industry accounts for almost half of slips and falls in the workplace. The majority of falls are ground-level but falls from elevations cause the most fatalities. The majority of fatal elevation falls occurred from a fall of more than 30 feet, followed by falls of 10´ or less. Collapsing equipment and falls from openings (hatches, skylights, etc.) accounted for other fatalities.
Non-fatal falls also average 14 away-from-work days for construction workers. That loss of productivity plus unforeseen expenses (worker’s comp claims, replacement training) can economically impact a project and reduce morale among co-workers.
Types of Slips and Falls in the Workplace
The types of slips, trips, and falls in the workplace are:
- Slip & fall – Usually caused by wet/slippery surfaces
- Step & fall – Usually caused by unexpected height changes
- Stump & fall – Occurs when objects cause imbalance
- Trip & fall – Usually caused by obstructions/impediments
Work-related slips and falls can occur because of poor lighting, visual contrasts between floors as well as actual floor-level height differences, and even unexpected walls, windows, and doors. But the most common causes are:
- Flooring traction
- Open drawers
- Visual obstruction
- Weather hazards
- Wet/slick surfaces
Reduce Injuries, Fatalities With 24/7/365 Safety Culture
Companies with a proactive safety culture target human health and workplace safety every day. Leadership takes responsibility for driving a safety culture by setting expectations, mandating programs, and respecting protocols.
- Conduct environmental assessments at project sites.
- Evaluate injury incidents’ causes and preventions.
- Monitor worker safety compliance.
Encouragement for employees includes reminders:
- Don’t carry or push things that obstruct your vision.
- Make sure you have enough light.
- Pay attention to where you are and where you are going.
- Take your time.
- Use good housekeeping practices.
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