Slips, Trips, and Falls

Course Description:

By the end of this safety training course, you will be able to identify slip, trip, and fall hazards at work. You will understand safety specifications and features of walking surfaces and openings and how to use stairs and ladders safely to prevent slip-and-fall accidents. This course teaches employees how to avoid and eliminate slip-and-trip hazards while at work.

Course Duration: 22 minutes

Why “Slips, Trips, and Falls” Matters:

Slips, trips, and falls are a common kind of workplace accident that can often be prevented.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires us to provide a safe workplace that is free of recognized hazards, including hazards that lead to slips, trips, and falls.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 265,000 nonfatal injuries from slips, trips, and falls in the United States each year that result in 1 or more days away from work.

Slips, trips, and falls represent about 17 percent of all nonfatal workplace injuries each year, the highest rate of injury of any single activity regulated by OSHA.

Key Points:

  • Check for unguarded openings in floors, platforms, or walls. Make sure the proper guards are in place, such as railings or covers.
  • Keep walkways free of hazards; remove all tripping hazards if you can.
  • Use stairs and ladders safely. Be careful on stairs, and make sure that you follow all safety guidelines when using fixed ladders, extension ladders, or stepladders.
  • Be aware of all of the possible hazards in your work area.
  • Pay attention to where you are going, and keep an eye out for possible slip, trip, and fall hazards.
  • Adjust your stride according to the walking surface. If the surface is dry and rough, you can probably walk quickly. But if the surface appears to be slippery, walk more slowly and shorten your steps. On ramps especially, walk slowly and test your traction.
  • Make wide turns at corners. If you try to take a sharp corner quickly, you could plant your foot on a slippery surface and cause your feet to slide out from under you.
  • Prevent slip-and-trip hazards by following good housekeeping practices. Clean up liquid spills and dust, debris, and stray objects that might cause someone to slip or trip. If you see a hazard, correct it or report it.

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