Slips, trips and falls, and overexertion: 60% of all lost-time claims!
30% of lost-time injury claims result from slips, trips and falls. They are largely associated with slipping on ice/snow, water/grease and tripping over objects. Overexertion is a cause associated with more than 30% of all lost-time injury claims, mostly related to lifting, pushing and pulling, bending and twisting, repetitive motions, and awkward postures. 54% of lost-time injury claims resulting from overexertion are associated with lifting and pushing and pulling tasks.
There are several simple solutions that can prevent injuries caused by slips, trips and falls:
- Establish good house-keeping practices;
- Fix poor lighting;
- Keep floors and stairs clean and free of objects;
- Clean slippery surfaces (wet, oily, icy) regularly;
- Cover hoses and cords or run them out of the path of walking areas;
- Don’t allow aisles to become cluttered;
- Establish a procedure for regularly sweeping granular or powdered material;
- Wear slip resistant footwear;
- Repair uneven surfaces (such as cracks or holes).
Solutions to preventing injuries caused by overexertion include:
- Reduce forceful exertions;
- Reduce manual material handling and eliminate manual lifting by using convey-ors, hoists, lift-assist devices, lift gates on trucks, and other mechanical means;
- Reduce the weight of objects to be lifted;
- Lift with the legs not the back;
- Use handles on objects to be lifted;
- Reduce the frequency and distances of lifts;
- Bend the tool, not the wrist;
- Minimize reaching. Locate frequently used items as close to you as possible;
- Reduce mechanical pressure on soft tissues;
- Add padding to tools;
- Use cushioned chairs;
- Use floor mats.
For more information, please contact your Sheakley Client Relations Manager, or Sheakley Health & Safety Solutions division at (800) 877-2053.