During the month of June, the U.S. recognizes National Safety Month by calling attention to workplace safety. In addition to our emphasis on safety topics specific to Mauser Packaging Solutions, we join with other companies across the U.S. by focusing on weekly topics provided by the National Safety Council.
National Safety Month – Week Four -Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls were the second leading cause of workplace death and the third leading cause of workplace injuries resulting in days away from work in 2020 – a real safety threat. Falls can happen anywhere. Whether it’s working at heights or tripping on the same level, you always need to keep your eyes out for hazards.
The most common causes of slips, trips, and falls are floor contamination, objects obstructing walkways, floor irregularities or damage, inadequate lighting, weather conditions, stairs and railings, ladders and step stools, floor mats, and unprotected edges. Employees should be aware of these hazards and cautions when working in conditions that could result in trips, slips, and falls.
Keep these tips in mind to avoid slips, trips, and falls:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep workspace clutter free.
- Clean up spills immediately
- Use caution when using ladders or step stool.
Falls are the leading cause of serious injury and death on the job; which can result from slip, trip or falls on the same level as much as from heights. You don’t have to be working high above the ground to get seriously injured from a fall. Many slip, trip and fall accidents result in debilitating injuries such as broken hips and serious head trauma. Almost 10% of fatal falls from ladders involved heights less than six feet and close to 30% were only between 6 and 10 feet.
Fall protection is one of the foundational safety principles included in Mauser Packaging Solution’s Life Saving Rules. Employees are expected to always protect themselves and other when working at height by using protective equipment as well as securing tools and loose objects.