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Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls

January 18, 2014

Preventing workplace injuries and other risk control measures are key to managing your commercial insurance including Workers Compensation Coverage.  Thank you to our guest blogger,  Lisa Bisson, Corporate Health & Wellness Coordinator at Griffin Hospital Occupational Medicine Center  for taking the time to share with us some great tips on preventing slips, trips and falls!

Lisa Bisson, Corporate Health & Wellness Coordinator

 The most common cause of workplace injuries are slips, trips and falls.  They can be the result of walking on a wet or uneven surface, a trip over an obstacle such as an extension cord or piece of equipment, or a fall from a ladder or scaffolding.  OSHA, The National Safety Council and other workplace safety organizations offer training programs for injury prevention and hazard recognition to help reduce the number of injuries in the workplace.

Many of these tools are helpful outside the workplace.   Many injuries at home are caused by slips, trips and falls as well.  While the actual hazards may be different – icy driveways, uneven sidewalks, toys left on the floor, wiggly step stools – the lessons for prevention are still the same.

  1. Maintain all floor surfaces.  Keep all walking areas clean, dry and free of obstacles including wires, equipment, toys, boxes and supplies. Pay special attention to items like rugs and matting that may become wrinkled or rolled.
  2. Repair all uneven surfaces.  If that is not possible, make sure the area is clearly marked with caution tape, signage or other materials.
  3. Install sturdy handrails, non-skid surfaces and bright lighting in staircases and areas of egress.
  4. Only use appropriate, sturdy and balanced ladders or stepstools to climb to higher areas.  Never use chairs, tabletops or other furniture that is not appropriate for climbing.
  5. Wear sensible and appropriate footwear, especially in poor weather conditions.
  6. Pay attention to where you are going and what you are doing.  Distractions from cell phones, conversations, surroundings, etc. are just as dangerous when you walking especially in an unfamiliar area.
  7. When furnishing an area, moving equipment or storing boxes and supplies, make sure there are clear open pathways to walk through, especially in the event of an emergency.
  8. If you are unsteady walking, use an appropriate walker, cane or crutch.  Do not rely on furniture, walls, or other people to help you balance.  See your doctor or physical/occupational therapist for recommendations on what would be appropriate and safe for you.

By:  Lisa Bisson, Corporate Health & Wellness Coordinator – (203) 944-3805 x107 or lbisson@griffinhealth.org

Griffin Hospital Occupational Medicine Center.  100 Commerce Dr.  Shelton, CT 06484

For more information on Loss Control in the Workplace and managing your Workers Compensation – Please contact Sarah Bourdeau, CIC, AIC  sbourdeau@foundersgrp.com – 

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