Hellman & Associates

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips and trips can lead to falls which (on the same level and from heights) are one of the top causes of serious work related injuries and fatalities on the job.

Falls are of two basic types: elevated falls and same-level falls. Same-level falls are most frequent, but elevated falls are more severe. Same-level falls are generally slips or trips. Injury results when the individual hits a walking or working surface or strikes some other object during the fall.

Falls (on the same level and from heights) are one of the top causes of serious work-related injuries and fatalities on the job. OSHA reports that more than 200,000 serious injuries and 345 fatalities per year can be attributed to falls on the job.

Same-Level Falls

  • Same-level falls account for 70% of workplace falls
  • Causes
    • Improper Footwear
    • Weather conditions outdoors (rain, snow, ice)
    • Slippery floors (recently mopped, water on floor)
    • Trip hazards
      • Clutter on floor/back of truck
      • Extension cords across floor/stairs
      • Changes in flooring (carpet to tile)

Prevention of Falls

  • Wear slip resistant boots/shoes at all times
  • Ensure adequate lighting on all job sites
  • Good housekeeping is key!
  • Check the job site for floor holes – all floor holes should be covered to prevent trips
  • When climbing into vehicles, forklifts, etc. maintain 3-points of contact (steering wheel, handles), face thectruck at all times and take extra precaution if steps are snowy, icy or muddy.

How to Properly Fall

  • Tuck your chin, turn your head and throw an arm up to avoid hitting your head if you can.
  • Twist/roll your body to the side so you don’t land on your back.
  • Keep your wrists, elbows and knees bent.