What is your Gait? Prevent Slips Trips and Falls Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents Gait While employees are encouraged to avoid walking on slippery surfaces such as ice or a recently mopped floor, they can be trained on how to adjust their gait if they must walk on these areas. When walking on a slippery floor, the risk of a fall is reduced if the person shortens her stride, walks more slowly, and places her feet flat on the ground as opposed to letting only the heel of the shoe initially contact the floor surface. On an extremely slippery surface, it can also be helpful to point the toes slightly to the sides, walking like a penguin with a short stride. Costs of STFs • To the To the worker: employer: Lost wages & – Loss of out-of-pocket productivity & business expenses – Increased Pain industrial Temporary or insurance permanent premiums disability – Costs Reduced quality associated with training of life replacement Depression worker Death Typical Injury Sites • Knee, ankle and/or foot • Wrist &/or elbow • Back &/or shoulder • Hip • Head Definitions • Slip • Trip Two types – Too little – Foot or Fall at friction or lower leg traction hits object same level Fall to same between & upper walking or feet body working surface, or fall into or (footwear) continues against objects & moving, above same surface walking/wor resulting king surface, in loss of resulting in balance loss of – Stepping Fall to balance down to lower level lower Fall to level surface & below walking or working losing surface balance Falls and Assessment of Walking Surfaces Why we train our staff and look at education prevention– Simple Injury Prevention prioritizing your efforts and ensuring you give enough information, support and coaching to supervisors and workers to tackle a single or just a few issues will drive enough of an improvement to motivate your crews to take on another. Even Icy roads can cause slip related injuries Causes of Slips • Wet product or spills on smooth floors or walking surfaces – Water – Mud – Grease – Oil – Food – Blood – Rig Chemicals Causes of Slips • Metal surfaces – Dock boards & dock plates – Platforms – Sidewalk & road covers • Mounting & dismounting vehicles & equipment • Climbing ladders • Loose, irregular surfaces such as gravel In the field, you can’t control the ground conditions, but you can make good choices to minimize potential risks and ensure you are well prepared for the challenges. Causes of Trips • Uncovered hoses, cables, wires or extension cords across aisles or walkways • Clutter, obstacles in aisles, walkway & work areas • Open cabinet, file or desk drawers & doors PPE & Risk Assessment Ensure your footwear supports your feet properly. • Appropriate tread • Secure upper Carry loads close to your body and secured to avoid • unexpected weight movement. Continuously assess the terrain and make appropriate choices. Practical Prevention Ideas Safe Movement Habits. • Learn how to move your body to minimize wear and tear (e.g. do not jump). • Warm-up and stretch to prepare your body for activity. • Incorporate lower body stabilization exercises into your regular routine. • Practice specific trunk (core) exercises to help support the low back. Supervisor Observations • Are people warmed up and prepared for activity? • Are worker’s boots in good repair with adequate ankle support?
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