On our essential work site we are consistently working to ensure complete safety for each other, our customers, vendors, site visitors and our neighbors. As we recently achieved over 115 days incident free, preventing slips, trips and falls is one of the many behaviors we demonstrate every day to ensure a safe work environment. These behaviors can be applied at home to also prevent injury or incident. According to the CDC falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
Key behaviors to help prevent slips, trips and falls:
- Wear proper footwear for the current conditions
- Clean up spills immediately
- Refrain from letting oil or grease accumulate around stoves and grills
- Be mindful of wet floors or wet shoes walking on dry surfaces
- Ensure carpets, rugs and mats lay flat
- Make sure your path is clear and visible
- Remove potential obstacles in and around the house, especially in walkways and high traffic areas.
- Use handrails, and repair or replace if loose or broken
- Ensure sufficient lighting
- Use 3 points of contact (ie: two feet & one hand) when climbing on stools or ladders
- Ensure that cords and cables are away from foot traffic areas or the use of a pedestrian cable protector is employed
Kyle Black is the District Manager at Seneca Meadows Landfill located in Seneca Falls, New York.