National Safety Month 2023: Week Two – Slips, Trips and Falls

Michelle MachenOur Stories, Safety


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 Two - Slips, Trips and Falls

According to the National Safety Council, slip, trip, and falls are a major cause of preventable injuries and deaths in the workplace. According to OSHA, falls to a lower level have accounted for 13% of workplace fatalities since 2014 and was OSHA’s most frequently cited standard for the 12th consecutive fiscal year in 20221. For Mauser Packaging Solutions, slips, trips and falls accounted for 17% of injuries in 2022 and 19% of injuries through April of 2023.

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.


While most people can appreciate the hazard when working from heights, such as on a ladder, near a loading dock, or on an elevated platform, many do not realize how serious injuries can be from a slip, trip and fall on the same level. Many slip, trip and fall accidents result in debilitating injuries such as broken hips and serious head trauma.

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.
1Safety+Health. (2023, May 2). OSHA emphasis program targets fall hazards. Safety+Health.

Next week’s National Safety Week Topic – Heat-Related Illness