Have you ever slipped, tripped, or fell? Have you ever done it while knowing the hazard was there? Did you know that slips, trips, and falls make up majority of general industry accidents?
Some situations which seem harmless can actually become serious accidents instantly. For instance, have you ever spilled water, or have seen spilled water on the floor but didn’t clean it up? Ever stretch a cord across a walkway to reach an outlet? Ever leaned back in your chair on a mini break? Best case scenario is the water dries on it’s own, passerby’s step over the cord, and the front legs of the chair find the floor once again. Worst case? Major injury and death.
If you’re thinking “that’s a bit dramatic, don’t you think?” lets look at the facts. It only takes a 3 foot fall to cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or death. Most individuals of working age are taller than 3″, and most chairs will sit the individual at this height or higher. If someone slips on the water, trips over the cord, or falls backward in their chair, their risk of TBI or death skyrockets immediately.
Slip, Trip, and Fall Facts:
- Result in 15% of all accidental deaths, which is 2nd leading cause behind motor vehicles
- Can cost an employer and employee ~12,000/year
- One of most frequently-reported injuries
- Responsible for ~25% of reported claims/year
- Over 17% of all disabling occupational injuries result from falls
HSWT can help prepare and protect your workplace against these, and other, potentially fatal accidents. Get Slip, Trip, and Fall Training today!