To help prevent slips, trips and falls, among workers:
- Be mindful of changes in elevation, including stairs, curbs and ramps.
- Keep cords our of walkways.
- Clean up spills as soon as possible and use caution signs to warn of wet floors.
- Wear appropriate footwear, including shoes that have non-skid soles as well as ankle and heel support.
- If using a ladder, choose the correct one for the job and ensure you know how to use it properly. When on ladder, keep a minimum of three points of contact (two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand).
- Never carry tools in your hands when climbing a ladder. Instead, store them in a tool belt.
- Ensure the ladder’s base in on firm surface.
In 2012, slips, trips and falls resulted in 704 work-related deaths and roughly 220,000 cases with days away from work, according to the 2015 edition of the National Safety Council’s “Injury Facts.”