Preventing Trips on the Job
Trips are usually caused by taking shortcuts, poor lighting,clutter in work areas, and loose footing. They often happen when you're in a rush. You can prevent trips by thinking about where you are and where you're going.
Watch for hazards
- Shortcuts. The more shortcuts you take, the greater the chance of tripping. Going off a walkway and cutting through a lawn or driveway to save time may cause you to trip. Carrying a load too big to see over and rushing are also common causes of trips.
- Lighting and clutter hazards. You need proper lighting to maintain your balance and see ahead. Common lighting and clutter hazards include leaving the lights off and forgetting to replace burned-out bulbs. Leaving tools, boxes, or other items loose in your work area increases your chances of tripping over something.
Don't take shortcuts
The time a shortcut may save isn't worth an injury. To safely complete your tasks:
- Take the pathway provided for pedestrians.
- Make sure you can see where you're going.
- Carry only loads that you can see over.
- Slow down.
Keep work areas well lit and clean
Your eyes can be your best tool against potential hazards. Be sure to:
- Turn on the lights every time you enter a room.
- Replace light bulbs when they burn out.
- Replace damaged fixtures and cords.
- Keep all work areas and walkways clear and uncluttered.