Fall hazards are some of the most common causes of serious injuries and deaths in the workplace. Fall-related incidents can happen during everyday tasks, such as walking or climbing stairs. Other potential fall hazards include slippery areas, cluttered walkways, and damaged or unkempt floors. Fall-related injuries and deaths can occur across all industries, not just in high-risk sectors like construction. In fact, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the health care, wholesale and retail industries have the highest counts of nonfatal fall-related injuries. Examples of nonfatal fall-related injuries include:
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, falls account for 8% of all occupational deaths. Even falls from heights as low as 6 feet can be deadly, which is why it’s important for employees to follow fall prevention precautions. After all, many falls are preventable if proper protocols are followed. The following fall prevention tips can help reduce or eliminate potential hazards in the workplace:
For more information on fall prevention measures, talk to your supervisor.
Over the past few years, both employers and employees have faced several workplace changes, many of which happened rapidly, leaving little time to adapt. Potential adjustments may include remote operations, new technology and different workplace setups. Although beneficial, these changes can bring about new occupational stressors and safety exposures that need to be handled appropriately. It is important for you to fully understand and embrace these shifts so you can adjust accordingly and stay safe and healthy on the job. Here are some tips for adapting to workplace changes:
Consult your supervisor for more information on embracing changes within the workplace.
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