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  • Factors Causing Slip/Fall Injuries

  • Factors Causing Slip/Fall Injuries

    Certain factors contribute to slip/fall injuries regardless of whether water or oil is involved, as can be seen in the following examples.

    o Poor lighting conditions hamper the detection of hazard (e.g., in parking garages).

    o Painted tile, linoleum, or other "shiny" floor surfaces represent an increased hazard due to the slickness of their surface and the added difficulty of seeing spills on such surfaces.

    o Ladders slip easily on wet or oily surfaces, and, if a worker's shoes or the ladder's rungs are wet or oily, the worker may slip or fall.

    o Inappropriate footwear (e.g., plastic shoe covers, high heels, leather soles, or failure to wear required rubber boots or shower shoes) or the use of crutches on slick surfaces, may result in a worker slipping or falling.

    o Inadequate work packages/task preparation that fail to consider the effect of a task on worker safety (e.g., failing to consider the consequences of opening up fluid systems) may inadvertently create a slipping/falling hazard.

    o Carrying heavy items on potentially slick surfaces can increase the possibility of falls because vision may be hampered and the normal balance/weight distribution may be altered.

    o Failure to implement corrective actions for known problems (e.g., leaking roofs or a leaky vacuum pump) in a timely manner may result in preventable injuries.

    o Inattention to surroundings and failure to use handrails often contribute to incidents resulting from slick surfaces.

    This information came from a
    DOE online article.

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