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Slips, Trips and Falls -
Winter Safety Tips
BY GARY GANDEE, CIRCUIT RIDER #2

happened to most of us. That momentary lapse of inattention thinking about
a personal problem or distracted by an activity that ends in a slip, trip or fall. A stumble down a
stairway, a trip over an uneven surface or slipping on the ice can all lead to a variety of regrettable
events ranging from a simple bruised shin to an extremely serious injury. It's just one of a variety of
conditions and situations that set the stage for slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

According
to the U.S.
Department of
Labor, slips,
trips and
falls make up
the majority
of general
industry
accidents.
During the
winter months,
hazardous
weather
conditions
greatly
increase the
risk for such
incidents.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor,
slips, trips and falls make up the majority of
general industry accidents. During the winter
months, hazardous weather conditions greatly
increase the risk for such incidents. In fact,
some experts estimate that nearly 80 percent of
all slips, trips and falls can be attributed to the
presence of snow and ice on stairs, walkways,
loading docks, parking lots, sidewalks and other
walking surfaces.
Below are some tips that can help reduce the
number of slips, trips and falls:
* Plan ahead and give yourself sufficient time.
* Wear appropriate footwear - wear shoes or
boots with rough (waffled, ridged or heavily
textured) soles to work and change into dress
shoes if you must wear them. The inconvenience of changing shoes is insignificant compared to the inconvenience due to a serious fall
related injury.
* When walking on steps, always use the
hand railings and plant your feet firmly on
each step.
* When walking on an icy or snow-covered
walkway, take short steps and walk at a slower
pace so you can react quickly to a change
in traction.
* Bending your knees a little and taking slower
and shorter steps increases traction and can
greatly reduce your chances of falling. It also
helps to stop occasionally to break momentum.
* Streets and sidewalks that have been cleared of
snow and ice should still be approached with
caution. Look out for "black ice." Dew, fog or
water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and
form an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice

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that can look like a wet spot on the pavement.
It often shows up early in the morning or in
areas that are shaded from the sun.
* Carrying heavy items can challenge your sense
of balance. Try not to carry too much - you
need to leave your hands and arms free to
better balance yourself.
* Be prepared to fall and try to avoid using your
arms to break your fall. If you fall backward,
make a conscious effort to tuck your chin
so your head doesn't strike the ground with
full force.
* When entering a building, remove as much
snow and water from your boots as you can.
Take notice that floors and stairs may be wet
and slippery - walk carefully.
* Use special care when entering and exiting
vehicles - use the vehicle for support.
Talk to employees about things they can do to
avoid slips and falls this winter and hopefully
help prevent serious injuries. If you need help
with your safety programs, give me a call, I am
happy to help.
Reference:
http://safetytoolboxtopics.com/Slips-Trips-and-Falls/slipstrip-and-falls-winter-safety-tips.html


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2017

From the President: Ammonia-Nitrogen
From the Executive Director: Your Most Important Tool
VRWA’s 2017 Expo
How to Pass a Certification Test – The First Time
Slips, Trips and Falls – Winter Safety Tips
Looking Forward to Being of Service
Floodplain Management
No Wipes in the Pipes
Going Green?
Need Cash? Check the Meter!
The Rate Setting Results…Are In
Introducing JumpStart – A New App for Operators to Test Their Skills Before Testing!
Throwing My Loop: Christmas Lights on the Barn!
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Intro
Streamline - Winter 2017 - cover1
Streamline - Winter 2017 - cover2
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 3
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 4
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 5
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 6
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 7
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 8
Streamline - Winter 2017 - From the President: Ammonia-Nitrogen
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 10
Streamline - Winter 2017 - From the Executive Director: Your Most Important Tool
Streamline - Winter 2017 - VRWA’s 2017 Expo
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Streamline - Winter 2017 - 14
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 15
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 16
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 17
Streamline - Winter 2017 - How to Pass a Certification Test – The First Time
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 19
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Slips, Trips and Falls – Winter Safety Tips
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Looking Forward to Being of Service
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 22
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Floodplain Management
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 24
Streamline - Winter 2017 - No Wipes in the Pipes
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 26
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Going Green?
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Need Cash? Check the Meter!
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 29
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 30
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 31
Streamline - Winter 2017 - The Rate Setting Results…Are In
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 33
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 34
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Introducing JumpStart – A New App for Operators to Test Their Skills Before Testing!
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 36
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Throwing My Loop: Christmas Lights on the Barn!
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 38
Streamline - Winter 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 40
Streamline - Winter 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
Streamline - Winter 2017 - 44
Streamline - Winter 2017 - VRWA Committees
Streamline - Winter 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
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