Weekly poll: Checking for slip, trip, fall hazards

By: June 18th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Week #3 of National Safety Council (NSC) Safety Month is Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls week. According to the NIOSH workbook, Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention for Healthcare Workers, the incidence rate of lost-workday injuries from slips, trips, and falls (STFs) in hospitals was 90% greater than the average rate for all other private industries combined.

NIOSH recommends conducting regular walk throughs using an STF check list to identify hazards, keeping a file of hazard photographs or descriptions, identifying staff members responsible for fixing the hazard and a targeted completion date. Compared to NIOSH recommendations, how thorough are you or staff members with regular STF walk-through inspection.

Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.

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In regards to STF, living in a climate where ice is part of winter, about 90% of falls are due to improper foot wear (ex. 4″ high spike heels or slick soles with no tread on them). I really feel that it is not a work comp job to pay for injuries due to carelessness esp. if our crew does a good job at clearing and icing parking lots. This is another example of too much government intervention and too little personal responsibilty for your own self. You can wear boots and carry shoes to change when inside. Thank goodness our EHS director at least lets the offender know that they could have avoided the problem with a little forthought!


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