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are various ways to suffer slips and falls while working. You can slip and lose
your balance, you can trip over objects left improperly in your walkway, or you
can simply fall from an elevated position above the ground.
avoid slips and falls, be on the lookout for foreign substances on walk ways.
Watch for deposits of water, grease, oil, sawdust, mud or debris. Even small
quantities are enough to make you fall.
Do not go too fast, walk safely and avoid changing directions too
of tripping hazards. Trash, unused materials, any object left in areas designed
for pedestrian traffic invites falls. Extension cords, tools, and other items
should be removed or properly barricaded off. If equipment or supplies are left
in walkways, remove it. Keep passageways clean of debris by using trash barrels,
but if you use them and miss, PICK IT UP!
where you are supposed to walk. Short cuts through machine areas invite
accidents. Concentrate on where you are going - horseplay and inattention leave
you vulnerable to unsafe conditions.
worst falls are from elevated positions like scaffolding and ladders. They
result in serious injuries and death.
and practice safety and the proper use of scaffolding.
climbing, use a ladder of proper length that is in good condition. Keep it
placed on a firm surface. Keep the ladder’s base one foot away from the wall
for every four feet of height. Do not overreach—always have control of your
balance when working from a ladder. Never climb a ladder with your hands full,
and always carry tools in proper carrying devices.
Make sure the ladder extends three feet above the landing and is properly
using a scaffold, be sure it is properly assembled according to the
manufacturer’s specifications. Check carefully for defects. Standing and
working planks should be level and clean. Use toe boards to prevent tools from
falling, and workers from slipping. Work only with people who practice scaffold
and falls occur everyday. The extent of injuries and their recurrence can be
minimized through proper safety knowledge and attitudes.
Practice safety...DO NOT learn it through “Accidental Experience
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