Safety: August Training: Trips, Falls & Strain Prevention

Trips, Falls & Strain Prevention

Causes of Trips, Falls & Strains

  • Wet surfaces: ice, rain, spills
  • Leaf’s (wet or dry)
  • Loose rugs or mats
  • Debris on floor
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Poor lighting
  • Clutter
  • Using stairs to quickly, not paying attention
  • Loose cords and cables
  • Obstructed views
  • Wrong footwear
  • Moving to fast
  • Distracted while walking
  • Bending beyond one’s range of motion
  • Lifting and/or carrying objects inappropriately
  • Twisting of trunk and/or any joint due to improper body mechanics

General Prevention Tips

  • Good house keeping, organized areas
  • Clean up spills immediately
  • Keep floors clean and free of debris
  • Proper footwear
  • Appropriate pace of work
  • Secure rugs or mats
  • Move and secure cords and cables
  • Ensure lighting is in good working order
  • Move slow during bad weather conditions
  • Walk around ice, not on it. Use Ice Melt

Proper body mechanics

  • Lifting
  • Stand with your feet apart to create a sturdy foundation
  • Bend at your knees instead of your waist
  • Keep your neck, back, hips, and feet aligned when you move; avoid twisting and bending at the waist
  • Siting
  • To sit properly, place your buttocks at the back of the seat; there should be a small space between the backs of your knees and the seat. Bend your knees at a 90-degree angle and put your feet flat on the floor. Pull your shoulders back. Lift your chest and chin, relax your jaw and mouth.
  • Other Tips:
  • There are other ways you can improve your body mechanics to reduce fatigue and injury. Keep your feet flat on the floor and about 12” apart when you stand. Put one foot slightly in front of the other when you lift something. Use your arm and leg muscles to lift an object, rather than using the muscles in your back. Hold objects close to your body at waist level when you carry something heavy.