Did you know that, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls account for approximately 15% of all accidental deaths? How about that more than 9 million slip-and-falls occur every year in the United States?
The majority of falls are slips and trips which occur on the same level (only 34% of falls are from a height, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety).
Common causes of slips, trips, and falls include:
- Wet or oily surfaces
- Uneven walking surfaces and changes in walkway levels and slopes
- Loose or unsecured mats, wrinkled carpeting
- Weather hazards
- Obstructed views
- Uncovered cables and debris in walkways
- Unsafe use of ladders
- Unsuitable footwear
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that the costs (workers’ compensation and associated medical costs) of these incidents exceeds $20,000.00 per case.
Protect your workers and save your company lost time and resources. Take measures to prevent the occurrence of slips, trips, and falls!
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