People are busy. It is not uncommon to take on more than we can handle and when we do it becomes easier to make the simplest mistakes which can have serious consequences. What starts as a simple lack of awareness of our surrounding can end in preventable injury. Falling over can may seem like an obvious incident but it is important to be aware of our surrounding and implement preventative measures.
According to Occupational Health and Safety Canada over 40,000 Canadians are injured due to fall accidents a year. Alberta reported a startling 11,850 reported fall accidents resulting in either lost time or disability in 2016. This number is conservative with other sources reporting up to 60,000 a year. This accounts for as much as 15% of all lost-time injuries. The costs of physical pain, trauma and recovery on the worker are significant but the cost of this very basic safety hazard can be much graver. In 2013 ten fatal incidents were reported in the Province of Ontario due to fall accidents. It is especially important to practice special attention to hazards when working at heights. For employers, beyond having injured employees, these accidents can lead to massive fines due to working conditions.
Slippery When Wet
Like the classic cartoon comedic staple the banana peel everything and anything can become a hazard in this area of safety negligence. It is important to pay attention to all kinds of details large or small. A piece of paper on the right type of floor. Tools that were left momentarily unattended. An almost unnoticeable grease patch in a mechanic shop. All of these are examples which can happen easily and be written off as minor.
Someone Else’s Problem
One of the most important rules of thumb when it comes to fall accidents is to clean up after yourself immediately if you have made any size of mess while working. Leaving this for someone else to clean up could be the difference between a good day and one that ends in hospitalization for you or a coworker. Other measures that can be taken include proper footwear, flooring surfaces with suitable traction for the job, fall protection, and in some circumstances installing railings may be a necessity. The safe maintenance of workplaces in the interest of everyone involved.
People are generally not clumsy and careless when it comes to their safety. Proper practices can be set up to prevent this type of incident. It is possible to eliminate this risk 100%.